Disappointing performance by Rathdrum
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.