The visitors arrived determined to put Dolphin under pressure, and that they did. The first quarter was spent inside the Dolphin half, the Dolphin defence was excellent, but after 20 mins Buccaneers opened the scoring with a penalty.
Dolphin finally started making an impression on the game and were soon rewarded by a try under the posts from scrum half Andrew Dorgan which was converted by Daryl Foley.
Buccaneers hit back with a try of their own, and went into a 7-10 lead. They continued to pressure the Dolphin line and capitalised on Dolphin being reduced to 14 by scoring two converted tries in rapid succession either side of half time.
Dolphin had to face an uphill battle, 7-24 behind and 30 mins to do something about it and the fighting character of the team came to the fore. A great run by Kevin Allen led to a try from Albert Fronek which was converted by Foley 14-24.
Suddenly it was game on, Dolphin were hammering the Buccs line and they drove over with James Vaughan being credited with the try. Unfortunately the conversion attempt was blocked down. 19-24.
Dolphin were running the ball close to the 22 when they were penalised for crossing and the Buccaneers lead was back up to eight and Dolphin were outside of bonus point range.
Then, a perfectly timed line break from winger Cillian Ansboro and he had 60m to make the corner which he did, Foley was not able to add the extras but Dolphin had a bonus point and were within range for a 2nd one. Unlike earlier games Dolphin were finishing the stronger side, still full of running but they ran out of time and had to settle for 2 points.
They now move off the bottom and are just one point behind Nenagh, next Saturday at 1.30pm they take on UL Bohemians when 10th plays 9th.