Wick­low edged out in cup dress re­hearsal

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TUL­LOW 18 WICK­LOW 15

WICK­LOW’S FIRSTS warmed up for next weeks cru­cial New­stalk Towns Cup quar­ter-fi­nal with an away trip to Tul­low for the fi­nal league game of the year.

Both teams had al­ready se­cured a mid-ta­ble fin­ish in the league and con­se­quently the game was ef­fec­tively a dead rub­ber.

Wick­low will play Tul­low in the last eight of the old­est competition in Le­in­ster Rugby at Ash­town Lane next week­end. Nei­ther side wanted to give away too much, with Tul­low rest­ing vir­tu­ally their en­tire start­ing fif­teen, who watched from the side­lines. Wick­low opted not to do the same but the game was a stop-start af­fair and both teams kept their powder dry to a de­gree.

Wick­low got off to a bet­ter start and had Tul­low un­der pres­sure. They were re­warded with a try from hooker Seán O'Brien. The con­ver­sion was missed but Wick­low led 50. Tul­low re­sponded with a penalty to make it 5-3.

The game was very open with too many missed tack­les and too many penal­ties, from Wick­low al­low­ing the Tul­low sec­ond string to gain a foothold in the Wick­low 22. Even­tu­ally Tul­low got over for a try to make the score 8-5 in their favour.

Wick­low con­tin­ued to at­tack and drew level just be­fore the break with a penalty from Stephen Duffy to make it 8-8 at half-time.

The sec­ond half saw Tul­low stretch their lead to 18-8 with a sec­ond try which was con­verted and a penalty. Wick­low fin­ished the game off well with a well taken try by John Jenk­in­son fol­low­ing some good work by Liam Fen­ton and Barry Hur­ley.

Tul­low are coached by Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Seán O'Brien, who let his team have it with both bar­rels on the fi­nal whis­tle and there is no doubt that he will have his team well firedup when they come to Wick­low next week­end.

Renowned cup spe­cial­ists Tul­low, have been in a rich vein of form of late and will start the game as favourites de­spite be­ing away from home. Wick­low are miss­ing a num­ber of key play­ers through in­jury and un­avail­abil­ity. De­spite this they have a fan­tas­tic young squad and if they play to their po­ten­tial as they did against Garda two weeks ago they know they are a match for any team.

Tul­low are trav­el­ling up in con­fi­dence and are bring­ing a bus load of sup­port­ers to cheer their team on. Wick­low RFC need all of their sup­port­ers to come along on the day and to get be­hind this fine side cap­tained by Barry Hur­ley and coached by Barry Lynn.

Wick­low: P Jame­son, S O'Brien, Timmy Dono­van, John Jenk­in­son, Ro­nan Mon­a­han, Paul Hodgkin­son, Liam Fen­ton, Barry Hur­ley, A Byrne, S Duffy, S Breen, Chris McKe­own, Chris Sillery, J Dunne Subs, Robert Hop­kins, D Quinn S Nor­ton, R Nolan, John Kear­ney, Barra Kuntz.

SEC­ONDS

Tul­low 2nd XV 20, Wick­low 2nd XV 39: Wick­low sec­onds trav­elled to Tul­low to take on a tough side in the fi­nal game of the league cam­paign. Wick­low put in a fine per­for­mance on the day to put Tul­low to the sword. In the process they over­hauled the home side in the league ta­ble to fin­ish in fourth place in the over­all.

Ben Arm­strong kicked two penal­ties and scored a try be­fore fur­ther tries from Ian Lavelle and Niall Kear­ney put them al­most out of sight. Wick­low led by 25-6 be­fore they took the foot off the gas and let in two tries. With the gap nar­rowed to just five points Wick­low fin­ished off in style with two fine tries from Ian Lavelle and David Doyle to leave the fi­nal score at 20-39. Best for Wick­low on the day were Si­mon Nor­ton, Barra Kuntz and David Doyle.

Wick­lows sec­onds are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing an im­pres­sive Port­laoise side to Ash­town Lane for the sec­ond round of the cup which takes place this Satur­day at 3 p.m. Port­laoise sec­onds won the league and are look­ing to do the dou­ble but Wick­low will have no fear of them hav­ing run them very close in the away league game ear­lier in the sea­son.

Wick­low cap­tain Barry Hur­ley in ac­tion against Tul­low (Photo: Leanne O’Sullivan).

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