Wick­low tanked by Tul­low

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

TA­BLE top­pers Tul­low trounced Wick­low on a bright, cold day in Black Gates. Watch­ing the Wick­low ladies this sea­son is not un­like watch­ing Ul­ster; when they play well it is a joy to watch and when they do not, it is hard work.

Credit is due to Tul­low, who ob­vi­ously did not rest on their lau­rels over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

They were stronger and savvier than the Wick­low side. A sim­ple, well-ex­e­cuted game plan saw them up 7-0 at half-time. Ad­mit­tedly, the score line would have been much higher at this stage had it not been for some solid last-ditch de­fence ef­forts by Wick­low.

In­di­vid­u­ally there were some strong per­for­mance for Wick­low. Rachel and Caitlin Grif­fey, as well as Jes­sica Sch­midt all did good work in the pack.

As did Mar­leyn-Cristin Kal­las, whom tack­led and rucked re­lent­lessly. Tul­low were, how­ever, re­morse­less.

The Wick­low back-line was out of sorts.

They were on the de­fen­sive back-foot for much of the game. There were sev­eral missed tack­les and when they had op­por­tu­ni­ties, they fell short due to knock-ons and loose passes.

Tul­low con­tin­ued to keep Wick­low be­hind their own 10-meter line for 90 per cent of the se­cond half and when they came close to the line they threat­ened to score, and suc­ceeded three more times. Wick­low set up an at­tack in the clos­ing min­utes, but a scrum call con­cluded the match.

This visit to Tul­low will be a low point for the Wick­low ladies, how­ever they will surely look to turn it around for their match next week­end.

The Wick­low un­der-12 team be­ing ad­vised dur­ing the clash with Barn­hall.

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