Women suf­fer de­feat against Sut­to­ni­ans

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WICKLOW started this im­por­tant league game with a fol­low­ing wind.

A good kick and chase re­sulted in a turnover. The ball went back and forth across the line and Megan Mc Con­nell scored in the cor­ner, the con­ver­sion by Ciara Pa­trick was good.

Wicklow kept up the pres­sure from the restart, ex­cel­lent out of hand kicking kept Sut­to­ni­ans on the back foot.

An­other turnover and the ball went out to Leanne Sul­li­van who crossed in the cor­ner for an un­con­verted try to lead 0-12.

Sut­to­ni­ans, who were well beaten last week, were in no mood to lie down.

They de­fended well and Wicklow were un­able to take their chances.

Sud­denly Wicklow were un­der pres­sure, re­lent­less driv­ing saw Sut­ton touch down and the con­ver­sion was ex­cel­lent 7-12 to Wicklow. Game on!

The Dublin girls’ half backs kept Wicklow on the back foot, break­ing and kicking, for­wards car­ry­ing well.

In­juries were mount­ing for Wicklow, Megan McCon­nell, then Ciara Pa­trick with a nasty nose in­jury went off.

Sut­to­ni­ans got an­other two un­coverted tries to lead 17-12 at half-time.

They started the sec­ond half as they had fin­ished the first, at­tack­ing re­lent­lessly.

Their fourth try saw Ciara Pa­trick leave the field for good.

Wicklow’s de­fence, nor­mally a strength, be­came our Achilles heel. Breaks from scrums and rucks through soft shoul­ders saw two more tries against us.

In the last 15 min­utes there was a Wicklow resurgence, the Grif­fey sis­ters were im­mense in de­fence and at­tack but to no avail and the fi­nal score was 32-12.

This was a heavy de­feat and no ex­cuses for the loss.

The en­forced lay off did not help but we are not ad­just­ing our game plan quickly enough.

De­fence needs to be worked on and a bet­ter kick and chase game de­vel­oped.

The team is hurt­ing phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally but they can and will come back stronger.

It will be im­por­tant to ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tives and work hard on the weak­nesses iden­ti­fied. Roll on next week!

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