Wicklow U-18s chalk up convincing victory
Wicklow 48, Carlow 6: Wicklow U-18s travelled to Carlow on Saturday last and collected valuable league points against an average enough Premier League side.
Playing against the wind in the first- half Wicklow soon asserted and after Charlie Butterworth ran in the first two tries, one converted by Simon Breen, Wicklow’s discipline gave away two penalties, which the fine Carlow outhalf converted. Wicklow played well around the field. The front row of Eddie Downes, Shaun O’Brien and Stephen Roberts were very good indeed and when Dennis Higgins popped the ball to Eddie Downes on the burst, he broke the Carlow defence and off loaded it to Stephen Roberts who ran 25 metres to score under the posts. Simon Breen converted. David Acres having a good game at full-back set up the next try with a nice half break and passed to John Jenkinson who sent Shaun O’Brien down the wing for a fine try.
Wicklow’s backs had a good day. Their defence was solid and handling good. Simon Breen at out half had a good game. Always a good tackler with his passing much improved and some great relieving kicks in the second-half got Wicklow out of some tricky situations. Ray Hurley and Garrett Kinnane are gradually getting back to form with good tackling and work rate.
Wicklow led 24-6 at half-time and got a fright at the start of the second-half when Carlow laid siege to the Wicklow line. Determined defence by Wicklow kept them out and intelligent play by Simon Breen using the wind to good effect coupled with good chasing by James Kilgannon and Ben Armstrong.
After Wicklow weathered the Carlow storm, they played some nice rugby at times. Shaun O’Brien ran in two more tries as did Simon Breen. Killian O’Mahoney had another good game as did John Campbell who won some great line out ball. Kyle Warren and Pádraig Naughton put themselves about when they came on and Jamie Clarke got stuck in when required. Overall it was a good all round performance. From here on the opposition gets harder. Next week its at home to Kilkenny which will be considerably harder.
Panel: D. Acres, S. Doyle, R. Hurley, L. Gaffney, J. Jenkinson, G. Kinnane, N. Hardy, L. Cullen, J. Kilgannon, K. Warren, D. Heraughty, S. Breen, S. Roberts, K. O’Mahoney, J. Clarke, J. Campbell, D. Higgins, B. Armstrong, P. Naughton, C. Butterworth, E. Downes, S. O’Brien, T. O’Donovan, S. DuMoulin, J. Flood, R. Hurley, B. Doyle A. Keogh.