Rath­drum ladies are too strong for Tullow

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

RATH­DRUM’S WOMEN’S rugby team was back in action last Satur­day af­ter the break due to bad weather.

They hosted new­ly­formed Tullow in a friendly game in ideal play­ing con­di­tions. Rath­drum were miss­ing many squad mem­bers due to other com­mit­ments and found them­selves play­ing play­ers out of po­si­tion but were bol­stered by pre­vi­ous squad mem­bers Kim Dempsey and Rea Walsh tog­ging out again.

Rath­drum took their time to find their feet and the first quar­ter favoured the vis­i­tors who re­tained a lot of the pos­ses­sion and made Rath­drum work hard to stave off the at­tacks.

Even­tu­ally Rath­drum’s ex­pe­ri­ence came into play as the home side took play into Tullow’s half. Rath­drum started to gain pos­ses­sion and from the back of a ruck, Ciara Healy peeled off into the cor­ner for Rath­drum’s first try.

Tullow then awoke and plied pres­sure in Rath­drum’s 22 but the ex­pe­ri­ence of the home side kept the vis­i­tors from scor­ing and un­til even­tu­ally a penalty in front of the posts was awarded to the vis­i­tors who brought the score to 5-3 at half-time.

At the break Rath­drum as­sessed their op­tions and re­alised that they would have to re­tain pos­ses­sion more and start tak­ing the game to the vis­i­tors. Once field po­si­tion was es­tab­lished in the Tullow half, Rath­drum put more points on the board from a Lynda Woolm­ing­ton pick and go off the back of a ruck charg­ing un­der the posts for a try that Neasa Olo­han then con­verted.

Aine Geoghe­gan was next to put points up for Rath­drum when she made a great break from the half­way line and pow­ered her way across the line.

Rath­drum’s ex­pe­ri­ence came to the fore as they com­pletely dom­i­nated the re­main­ing min­utes of the game and the fi­nal nail came for Tullow when Rath­drum’s Tr­ish Ratray made a sear­ing break through the de­fence, pass­ing to Sue Brady be­fore be­ing hauled down. Sue went on to score Rath­drum’s fi­nal try which again was con­verted by Neasa to leave the score at 24-3 to Rath­drum.

In dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, all of the home side played ex­cep­tion­ally well and none more than ‘Player of the Day’ Amanda Pierce who made a great job of the un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion of scrum-half.

Young Tr­ish Ratray played an ex­cep­tional game that be­lied her youth and all of the squad played to such a stan­dard that will make se­lec­tion for next week’s league game on Sun­day against Por­tar­ling­ton at 12 a dif­fi­cult job for the se­lec­tors.

Action from Rath­drum’s game against Tullow.

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