Wick­low U-18s chalk up con­vinc­ing victory

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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