Arklow much too good for Por­tar­ling­ton

Vis­i­tors in com­plete con­trol

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

A WA­TERY win­ter warm sun did add a lit­tle bright­ness to this game.

Arklow were the far fit­ter and a more at­tack­ing side, had al­most 80% of all the pos­ses­sion from scrums, and their own li­ne­outs.

Arklow’s pack gave their backs loads of ball and the backs at­tacked on all fronts and were soon ahead hav­ing pounced on a loose ball from a Por­tar­ling­ton line out at the home side’s own try line.

Quick re­ac­tion saw the Arklow player first to re­act and score the first try in the cor­ner.

The con­ver­sion was dif­fi­cult and did not cross the bar. Five min­utes gone, Arklow were 5-0 ahead.

Arklow con­tin­ued in the en­er­getic mode, run­ning at their op­po­nent’s backs and in an­other five min­utes added a fur­ther try after a great break by the Arklow thir­teen and fin­ished off by the num­ber eleven winger. Again the con­ver­sion was missed. Arklow 10-0.

It took Arklow un­til the 35th minute to score again.

Arklow won ball aplenty again the good fin­ish was the cen­tre thir­teen and the winger eleven.

Dur­ing this pe­riod Arklow seemed to be too anx­ious to score and con­stantly knocked on and lost the ball on too many oc­ca­sions or chose the wrong op­tion.

This is not a fault or crit­i­cism but there will be games that will be far tighter than this and a cool head will be needed and ad­here to the game plan.

An­other great break by the winger and cen­tre to score an­other great try saw Arklow fif­teen points to nil in front ap­proach­ing the half way mark.

From the kick off by the home side Arklow claimed the ball and went straight for the try line after con­tin­u­ous pres­sure by the Arklow pack on the Por­tar­ling­ton line. Arklow were awarded a penalty try. Bonus point and twenty two points ahead at the break.

Per­son­nel changes at half-time had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect, with a great move from Arklow’s li­ne­out, and a great break by Arklow backs.

The Arklow wing for­ward num­ber 7 fin­ished off a great move by the Arklow team.

The con­ver­sion was good giv­ing Arklow a twenty nine point to nil lead.

At this point of the game it was if the Arklow team be­came de­flated and lost their di­rec­tion.

The home side started to get a grip on this game and the game be­came scrappy and un­fo­cused by the whole Arklow team.

Even­tu­ally the ref­eree gave the home side the ben­e­fit of most de­ci­sions which put Arklow un­der pres­sure.

Arklow did an­other per­son­nel change and sent on the re­main­der of the squad on.

But Arklow came back once more with a well taken try.

The con­ver­sion was wide. leav­ing Arklow 34-0 ahead.

At the last minute of this de­flated half the home side ran one of their many penal­ties and scored un­der the post and added the con­ver­sion.

Fi­nal tally Arklow 34-7, a good win in a tough league.

One les­son Arklow must learn is you keep play­ing as a team to the fi­nal whis­tle not as fif­teen in­di­vid­u­als, each one try­ing to score a bril­liant try from the most im­pos­si­ble parts of the pitch.

Stick to the dis­ci­plined game plan no mat­ter which fif­teen are on the pitch.

Heads up rugby and keep in mind the game should be played as a team.

Good day for Arklow, away from the se­cu­rity of home, with a bonus point win.

Well done to all who donned the jersey.

Arklow RFC Panel from: Ben Byrne Di­a­per, Cathal Louth (capt.), Eoin O Scan­nail, An­thony O’Don­nell, Jack Joyce, Joe Bul­mer, John Fur­long, Colm Doyle, Dave Mul­rooney, Tom Scarff, Richard Mur­phy, Michael O Scan­nail, James El­lis, Ben Ka­vanagh, Peter Lynch, Shane Mc Allister, Pa­trick Phelan, Bro­gan Koetz, Pa­trick Ryan, John Louth.

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