Ark­low pay a heavy penalty

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

Ark­low 8, Long­ford 13: Nei­ther side was su­pe­rior to the other in any way, with both sides hav­ing sim­i­lar strengths and weak­nesses.

Ark­low at­tacked and de­fended well when they needed to. So why did Ro­screa go home with the ma­jor share of the points? The main rea­son was when they came into the Ark­low 22. Ro­screa knew how to pres­surise their op­po­nents un­til they got a score of some kind.

Ark­low started the game with a good three points which they kept un­til 45 min­utes into the first half. Ark­low at­tacked well from their for­wards and the backs tried to be in­ven­tive.

Ark­low con­ceded need­less penal­ties and Ro­screa’s long kicks pushed Ark­low back too many times. Ro­screa’s ac­cu­racy was miss­ing as they missed a few easy penal­ties. The half ended with Ark­low con­ced­ing a try out wide af­ter some grind­ing work by the Ro­screa pack and backs. Half time score was Ark­low 3, Ro­screa 8.

The sec­ond half started with Ark­low hav­ing the wind in their backs but had to de­fend strongly.

Fi­nally Ark­low lifted the siege with a good scrum and a good kick.

Ark­low gave Ro­screa fur­ther penal­ties which were missed. Both sides had play­ers sin binned in this match which did not help the bal­ance of the game.

Ark­low now started to press the Ro­screa line from a se­ries of penal­ties Ro­screa gave due to good pres­sure by all the Ark­low team. Ark­low’s penalty taker was un­lucky, miss­ing two penal­ties by short mar­gins.

Ark­low were now ap­ply­ing pres­sure from all di­rec­tions and were re­warded with a fine try by Liam Plun­kett, ably as­sisted by the for­wards.

The con­ver­sion hit the posts but the score was now a bet­ter looking at 8 points apiece.

Ark­low kept up the pres­sure on Ro­screa, in par­tic­u­lar the for­wards, who may have over mauled a lit­tle as it be­comes eas­ier to de­fend against par­tic­u­larly by a team like Ro­screa.

In the fi­nal min­utes Ro­screa were awarded a penalty which they set about run­ning the length of the field.

This paid off hand­somely when they scored a try in the cor­ner af­ter maul­ing from a line out.

The match fin­ished with Ark­low ap­ply­ing pres­sure in the Ro­screa but time ran out.

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