Dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance by Rath­drum

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Rath­drum 10, Ashbourne 28: Rath­drum hosted Ashbourne in their third game of the Le­in­ster League and will be very dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance.

Rath­drum never re­ally got out of the blocks as they al­lowed a fairly av­er­age Ashbourne side to dom­i­nate in most ar­eas of the game. Most dis­ap­point­ing was sim­ply the lack of play­ers will­ing to make first up tack­les. More dis­plays like this and we are in for a very long sea­son.

The game started with Ashbourne im­me­di­ately as­sert­ing their su­pe­ri­or­ity at scrum and line out. This re­sulted in Rath­drum liv­ing off scraps for the first 20 min­utes. Even so, the game seemed even enough un­til the Ashbourne cen­tre strolled through 3 Rath­drum tack­les to score in the cor­ner.

Rath­drum in fair­ness ral­lied with a great try started by flanker Sam Buck, who feed prop Rob Con­ratty who ex­changed passes with Mor­gan Sheri­dan be­fore quick hands saw sec­ond row Ker­rin Buck put his sec­ond row part­ner David Wal­she in un­der the posts. Rath­drum led 7-5 at this point. Rath­drum then had a dou­ble blow with cap­tain David Wal­she com­ing off in­jured and out­half Conor Par­sons hav­ing a rush of blood to the head, which re­sulted in him be­ing sent off for 10 min­utes.

Ashbourne cap­i­talised by run­ning in two trys be­fore Rath­drum re­turned to 15 men. Rath­drum man­aged a penalty to leave the score 18 – 10 with about 10 min­utes gone in the sec­ond half. Rath­drum in fair­ness dom­i­nated the next twenty min­utes but again slack de­fend­ing cost them in the lat­ter stages al­low­ing Ashbourne in for two more trys to leave the score 28 – 10.

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