Wicklow Under-18s retain 10-a-side trophy
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WICKLOW U-18s made a good start to the season when they travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday last and retained the South East 10-a-side trophy for the second year in a row.
Wicklow had Enniscorthy, Carlow and Kilkenny in the section and after defeating all three, played Wexford in the final winning 21-5.
Wicklow has a panel of 16 for the competition and it gave the new lads from last year’s U-16s an opportunity to show their skills and also get used to the patterns of play adopted by this years U-18s.
In the back Lorcan Cullen, Simon Breen, James Kilgannon, Liam Gaffney and Jamie Clarke all had very good introductions to the higher level when alongside Seán Doyle, Ray Hurley and David Acres they played good sensible rugby throughout the day.
David Acres deserves special credit for when Simon Breen got injured against Carlow in the second match David stepped in at out-half and ran the show for the rest of the day.
In the forwards, new captain Niall Hardy, was rock solid and consistent throughout the day. Well backed up by John Jenkinson, John Cambell and Darragh Heraughty in the loose and by Killian O’Mahoney, Kyle Warren and Stephen Roberts in the tight, the multi-talented Garrett Kinane moved back into hooker and had a good days rugby.
Although it was the first outing of the season there is a good attitude among the players and they ran out deserved winners of the competition.
Next week sees the start of the South East League and both the U-16s and the U-18s are away to neighbours Wexford on Saturday morning.