|Enniskillen 2nd XV
||44 - 0
||Carrickfergus 3rd XV
Enniskillen 2XV 44
Carrickfergus 3XV 0
Saturday saw the start of the 2016-17 season for skins 2nd XV who are out to prove a point this year after achieving a place in the Forster cup final a mere 5 months ago. The 2's, once again captained by Ricardo Willis for another season, have had a few challenging pre season friendlies to get back into the swing of things which was the basis upon which the starting line up was chosen.
Skins came out of the blocks with sheer determination which the jet lagged Carrick team could not handle, thus leading to skins' first try within a matter of minutes as Willis powered over the line. The sleepy Carrick side were harshly awoken by this early try but they were still no match for the heavy skins pack that ploughed over Carrick on every scrummaging opportunity, winning turnover ball left, right and centre. By half time skins had seen 3 more tries coming from resilient efforts by Oliver Gamble and two crossings for Chris ‘Thierry’ Henry, with one of these being converted by Scott ‘Ruan' Burrell.
By the second half skins' power and outstanding fitness was visible when this season's big money transfer of Matthew 'Montage’ Monteith paid off as he ran in comfortably under the posts for skins' 5th try.
Immediately after, the determined Montage gained yards by powering over 2 Carrick players then offloading the ball to Burrell who sent a humdinger of a long range pass to the finger tips of Henry who ran it in to the corner for his third try of the day.
There was plenty of tactical substitutions within the forwards, keeping scrums, line outs and the rucking contest lively. Not least from the team veteran Ross ‘Donkey’ Duncan who galloped in some destructive lines, leading to Gamble adding his second and final try to the scoreboard as the whistle was blown 10 minutes early.
The Skins side showed plenty of potential as there were a number of players that stepped up admirably and performed well in the absence of some key players. Skins 2's have started as they mean to go on with this hopefully the start of a promising season.