Port­laoise feel the full ef­fect as Garden girls go on the ram­page

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WICKLOW 20 PORT­LAOISE 10

Hav­ing se­cured a place in this year’s Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion 1 ear­lier in the sea­son the Wicklow girls started their cam­paign with a bonus point vic­tory over a tough and skil­ful Port­laoise side.

The rea­son­able sized crowd that braved the cold were treated to a game high in skill and en­deav­our.

Both sides con­tribut­ing hugely to what was a highly en­ter­tain­ing match. Wicklow seemed to have over­come their habit of be­ing slow starters and they came out of the blocks with all guns blaz­ing led by their pack who were ruck­ing with speed and num­bers their back­line were mak­ing se­ri­ous in­roads into Port­laoise ter­ri­tory but the girls from Laois were ex­tremely stout in their de­fen­sive du­ties and some­what against the run of play the Port­laoise girls scored a break­away try to take an early lead 5-0.

This led to a sus­tained pe­riod of pres­sure from Port­laoise as they looked to add to their tally.

The Wicklow girls though hung tough and with nearly a car­bon copy break from deep by their scrum-half lev­elled the match at 5-5.

Port­laoise then scored a soft try from a penalty only five yards out to jus­ti­fi­ably lead at half time by 10-5.

If the first half had been good the sec­ond half was even bet­ter.

Wicklow scored a mar­vel­lous for- wards try off a called line-out move driv­ing the Port­laoise pack over from 15 me­ters out.

The Wicklow girls then in­creased the tempo, with some won­der­ful di­rect run­ning by their backs and ster­ling sup­port play by their pack they slowly ground down a re­silient Port­laoise side and with two tries in the last seven min­utes they recorded a sat­is­fy­ing 20-10 vic­tory.

Back Row from L to R: Me­gan Dover Evans, Becky Wray, Siobhan Fo­den, Aoife O'Donoghue, Kayleigh Sul­li­van, Leah Fisher, Amelia Ka­vanagh, Rachel Grif­fey, Lau­ren Barry, Amy Thomas.

Front Row From L to R: Alana Sheri­dan, Me­gan McCon­nell, Naoise Alvey, Daisy McKen­zie, Ni­cole Murphy, Han­nah Rose Buck­ley, Heidi Keogh

The Wicklow RFC U-18 side who de­feated Port­laoise

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