The neutrals gave Dolphin little chance to beat the undefeated league leaders. They had a great start with fullback Rob Reardon crossing for a try after six minutes and Daryl Foley added the extras. What happened just 3 minutes later was quite extraordinary, Dolphin set up a driving maul on their own 10 metre line and off they went.
They crossed the half way line at speed and they soon half split but the drive continued and when with almost 10 m to go the referee blew for MU Barnhall bringing the maul down and had no hesitation in awarding Dolphin a penalty try.
Dolphin kept the pressure on for the next 15 minutes and could have got 2 more tries, a two on one was not finished off with the MU Barnhall winger intercepting the pass. MU Barnhall did not actually cross into the Dolphin 22 until the 23rd minute and they made it count to reduce the Dolphin lead to 14 – 5.
Many Dolphin supporters were aggrieved when they thought they saw a tip tackle by a MU Barnhall and play continued , the ball was turned over an Kevin Allen was penalised for what the referee called an early tackle and sent him to the sin bin.
The league leaders made the most of their opportunity and made it 14- 12. With their tails up, the visitors started a rollowing maul, Dolphin brought it down up the half way line and received a team warning. MU Barnhall kicked to touch and from the resulting lineout and maul, Dave Jennings was adjudged to have brought it down and the referee awarded a penalty try and a yellow card. So Dolphin went into the break 14-19 behind and down to 13 men.
It got worse minutes later when hooker Callum MacKintosh was penalised for not going through the middle which he disputed and was finally carded so Dolphin were down to 12. This lasted just one play before Kevin Allen returned.
Despite the lack of numbers Dolphin fought hard for the 2nd half and MU Barnhall added a further try and Daryl Foley a penalty to take a bonus point, having no points after four games and claimed points in each of their last five games have moved off the bottom of the table.