Wick­low U-15s go through in cup

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW Un­der 15s ad­vanced to the quar­ter fi­nal of the cup with a 22 points to 5 win over New Ross in Ark­low on Satur­day.

In ideal con­di­tions for play­ing rugby it was an en­ter­tain­ing con­test and both sides were highly com­mit­ted. Wick­low dom­i­nated the set piece from the start steal­ing ball from the New Ross scrum and line out but through­out the first half could not turn this pos­ses­sion into points.

It was just be­fore half time be­fore Wick­low fi­nally put points on the board when Matthew Cullen crossed for a try in the cor­ner af­ter Wick­low won a ball against the head in a scrum in front of the New Ross posts.

Ten min­utes into the sec­ond half Jor­dan Pet­te­crew scored a try af­ter Wick­low strung to­gether a se­ries of phases and Michael Nei­land added the con­ver­sion. Wick­low were well on top at that stage winning good ruck ball and with the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion added 2 fur­ther tries, one from the ever present Jack McKenna and an­other fine in­di­vid­ual ef­fort from No. 7 David Hastie. New Ross crossed for a con­so­la­tion try just on the stroke of half time to make the fi­nal score 22 points to 5.

This was an im­proved per­for­mance from Wick­low who were miss­ing a num­ber of regulars.

A new look back line moved the ball well at times and when the for­wards got go­ing were highly ef­fec­tive against the heav­ier New Ross pack. Andy O’Boyle was again dom­i­nant out of touch and hooker Daniel Hig­gins won a num­ber of balls against the head.

Maguire. (Photo: Or­laith

Wick­low’s Sam O’Dowd in full flight dur­ing the Mini Blitz against Kilkenny.

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