After an unconvincing victory over Armagh, Rainey OB were determined to raise their performance when City of Derry came for an Ulster Cup tie.
But, after a decent start, they had to take a back seat as the Maiden City side took them apart, scoring eight tries in a 48-8 success
While Derry looked a very good side and played some sparkling rugby, they could have scored more had their finishing been better. Rainey helped them on their way by making a succession of expensive errors, while their defensive organisation, usually very sound, was almost non-existent as the visitors gave them plenty of food for thought for the AIL game between the sides at the end of the month. Short of several key players, Rainey still had a reasonable line-up on duty, but, with too many square pegs in round holes, it quickly turned into a bad day at the office.
In warm sunshine, Rainey started well and when quick ruck ball in midfield gave Simpson an opening, Fleming and O’Kane took it on to earn a penalty which O’Connor goaled. Out-half Mc Carter’s measured long passing created space for his pacy colleagues as Derry assumed control to run in three tries.
Rainey’s best forward drive had Derry on the retreat, but they forced a turnover to break out of defence with outstanding No.8 Baird helping to take play to the home line.
Right on halftime,another wayward throw enabled Derry to strike through a wide-open defence and stretch their lead to 24-3.
Rainey used all of their replacements in the second period which saw Simpson retire with an injury and O’Kane yellow carded.
Derry added two tries before Rainey at last upped the tempo to do everything but score.More terrible defending let Derry pile on the agony, but Rainey had the final say when left-wing Moore got on the end of a grubber kick from Martin to scramble over in the corner.
Team: G Martin,A Campbell, J McMurray, N Stirling, K Moore, S Simpson, J Fleming, R Hall, K Donaghy, N O’Kane, D Dawson, M.Shiels, P McGowan, S Mulholland, C Mitchell.
Replacements: A Harbinson, A Kirk, M Caithness, M Dawson, M O’Connor.