Wick­low lads shat­tered af­ter su­per per­for­mance

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ON SATUR­DAY Wick­low un­der-15s Trav­elled to New­bridge RFC to play Birr in the Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal. This was a huge task in front of Wick­low as Birr had only lost one game all sea­son and are for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents.

The game started with great in­ten­sity and the ini­tial ex­changes were evenly matched, how­ever af­ter 5 min­utes Birr utilised their big for­wards to great ef­fect to get the open­ing try.

Wick­low went back at Birr with great pas­sion and the game ebbed and flowed un­til Birr latched onto a kick out of de­fence and took ad­van­taged of the bro­ken play sit­u­a­tion to run in a very good try.

Wick­low then gained the as­cen­dency and played some great rugby for the rest of the first half go­ing in at half time 10-0 down.

Wick­low re­sumed the sec­ond half where they left off in the first and mid way through the half they were re­warded with Al­fie Heather scor­ing in the cor­ner af­ter some great team work and a very pa­tient build up. 10-5 to Birr.

Wick­low con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and played some very de­ter­mined rugby against a dogged Birr team that re­fused to lie down, but with five min­utes to go and af­ter a se­ries of long phased move­ments Wick­low's cap­tain Cal Con­nolly scored again in the cor­ner, and just failed to make the con­ver­sion.

What fol­lowed was five min­utes of ex­tremely in­tense rugby where nei­ther team asked or gave quar­ter and the tack­ling on both sides was im­mense.

With a minute to go Birr had a scrum on the Wick­low 22 line and de­spite a great Wick­low scrum, made great use of poor ball to set up a ruck and then ex­e­cuted their best move of the game to utilise the over­lap to score in the cor­ner leav­ing the fi­nal score of the game at 15-10 to Birr.

The Wick­low boys were shat­tered at the end and distraught, but they had put in their finest per­for­mance of the year and could leave the field with their heads held hav­ing pushed a vey im­pres­sive Birr out­fit to the limit.

This was a credit to the play­ers ap­pli­ca­tion and work ethic through­out the year and this team wore the Wick­low jersey with great pride and no small amount of skill and courage, and they should be com­mended for a re­mark­able per­for­mance.

Next on their agenda is a tour to Lon­don to play Sara­cens and Ted­ding­ton RFC.

Wick­low: Cal Con­nolly, Stephen Swann, Lukas Mor­ton, Ben O'Con­nor, Jack Re­aburn, Fio­nan Tee­van, Conor Fos­ter, Patrick Nixon, Luke Boyce, Stephen Wall, Conor Cur­ran, Al­fie Heather, Diar­muid Who­riskey Jame­son, Adam Whelan, Mur­ray Kennedy, Luke Cor­co­ran, Cil­lian Ballesty, Conor Bren­nan, Cian Keogh, Wo­jtek Sowin­ski.

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