Queen’s won the Dudley Cup for the first time since 1994 with a 16-13 win against Trinity in an epic final at the Dub, WRITES CIARAN DONAGHY.
Queen’s led 16-0 at the break but were holding on at the end following a strong second half fight back by the Dublin side.
Trinity had the first chance of the game but winger Niyi Adeolukan dragged his penalty wide.
Queen’s took the lead when their scrum earned them a penalty and out half Ritchie McMaster landed the resulting kick on eight minutes.
The home side’s dominant scrum earned a penalty try on 21 minutes as the retreating Trinity collapsed going back over their own line and McMaster converted.
Two more penalties from McMaster on 30 and 34 minutes extended Queen’s lead to 16-0 at half time and the Belfast side could have been further ahead when Stuart McIlwaine intercepted on his own ten metre line but McMaster dropped the scoring pass.
Trinity dominated for long periods and finally made their territory on possession pay with a try from loose head prop Tom Collis.
Adeolukan converted and added two penalties to reduce the lead to three points with Queen’s left clinging on for dear life to secure the win under stiff pressure at the end.