Wick­low over­whelm Wex­ford

RUGBY SOUTH EAST LE­IN­STER LEAGUE

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Wick­low 37, Wex­ford 15: Wick­low’s 1st XV recorded an em­phatic win over Wex­ford Wan­der­ers in their sec­ond out­ing of the sea­son in the South East Le­in­ster League.

Field­ing an in­ex­pe­ri­enced side, Wick­low started very slowly and con­ceded two early scores. They were shocked to find them­selves 12-0 down af­ter five min­utes. Wick­low grad­u­ally be­gan to wear down the Wex­ford de­fence and con­tin­u­ously at­tacked from well in­side their own half. The break­through came on 15 min­utes when some ex­cel­lent run­ning saw Wick­low’s Paddy O’Fla­herty in for a well taken try.

A su­perb try by the in form Allen Byrne brought the scores to 12-12. The sec­ond half was one-way traf­fic all the way as Wick­low opened up the Wex­ford de­fence with some ex­cel­lent run­ning rugby.

Allen Byrne and Paddy O’Fla­herty added an­other try each. Marc Gerety crashed over in the cor­ner fol­low­ing some good work by the pack and hooker Brian Cof­fey drove over from close to the line for a well taken score. Allen Byrne was de­nied his hat-trick when he was taken out by a high tackle with the line at his mercy. The ref­eree awarded a penalty try which was con­verted by Niall O’Rourke.

Wick­low’s for­wards, driven on by scrum-half Der­mot O’Rourke, com­peted well through­out with Ben Arm­strong, Mark Gerety and Paddy Jame­son per­form­ing strongly.

Out­stand­ing line-out work from Brian Cof­fey and Stu­art Dono­hue pro­vided a steady flow of ball to the back­line all day. The Wick­low backs tore Wex­ford apart with some sparkling play, led by Allen Byrne and Paddy O’Fla­herty.

An­other pleas­ing as­pect of this per­for­mance was the ag­gres­sive de­fence from the likes of Rus­sell An­drew and John Kear­ney amongst oth­ers.

Wick­low can be pleased that the young play­ers they are bring­ing through like David Quinn, John Watch­horn, Brian Sillery, Niall O’Rourke and Eanna Killeen are show­ing real prom­ise.

Wick­low will know they have much sterner tests to come how­ever this was a good per­for­mance to build upon. Next week they face Port­laoise at home in a friendly

Wick­low on the at­tack against Wex­ford

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