A Harry Fleming try midway through the first half proved to be the difference between the sides at Musgrave Park as U.L Bohemian edged the game by a score of 13 points to 6. Dolphin continued to battle until the very end but just couldn’t force a try of their own which would have earned them a share of the spoils.
And speaking shortly after full time, a disappointed Chris Rowe insisted his side’s cause wasn’t helped by the officials late in proceedings.
“Some of the decisions out there didn’t help. I’ve been in the game long enough I’ve played a lot of games as well and some of the decisions were baffling,” said Rowe.
“I’m not going to go into it now because the games just finished but there was a few there and I will be looking at the video over the weekend to see it again but they baffled me. All you ask for is consistency and it just wasn’t there today.
“Don’t get me wrong I’m not blaming the decisions for today’s result but I’m just saying some for some of the decisions, I would love an explanation.”
The former Dolphin captain also added his belief that his team are capable of playing better but they ultimately paid the price for a lack of patience near the Bohemian end line.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t come away from the game with more than just a bonus point I don’t think we were at our best but we had opportunities in the last twenty minutes to get some scores on the board. I felt we had enough position and territory but we just weren’t clinical enough to get over the line.
“Our patience, we were rushing things when there was enough time left on the clock and that’s the disappointing part. On the whole, we played ok but we weren’t at our best, we were nowhere near where we can be and should be but we still had enough territory and possession to get more than a point.
“We warmed up well, we had a good week preparation for the game you know but that’s Rugby for you sometimes things go for you and sometimes they don’t and I felt we weren’t patient enough especially when we were close to the line, we weren’t clinical enough to get over the line.”
Dolphin have endured a difficult start to the Ulster Bank League division 1b having now lost seven of their opening eight fixtures. And Rowe has called on his players to bounce back from this disappointment in the coming weeks.
“Nobody’s dead, we got a bonus point but we obviously wanted more and wanted to achieve more. But our backs are against the wall and we have to come out and go for it now. We are not in a great situation but we have to go for it.”
Asked, finally, what his aim is going forward Rowe enthused “Win the next game.”