Ark­low much too good for Por­tar­ling­ton

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POR­TAR­LING­TON ARK­LOW RFC 7 34

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.

CAR­LOW U-15S WICK­LOW U-15S 17 47

WICK­LOW RFC Un­der-15s made the jour­ney to Car­low on Fri­day night to play in the South East League.

Con­di­tions were damp and blus­tery, not good for play­ing rugby but Wick­low got stuck in from the start and put Car­low un­der pres­sure.

This was a game for for­wards to carry the ball and Wick­low went about press­ing for the first score and af­ter good work from the pack they opened the Car­low de­fence and al­lowed Sean O’Meara to run in a fine try. Tom Hodgkin­son stepped up and con­verted and Wick­low had the start they wanted.

Play­ers were find­ing it hard to hold on to the ball but Wick­low were cop­ing bet­ter than their op­po­nents and again scored an­other good try.

This time Jor­dan Twomey pow­ered over to touch down and again Tom Hodgkin­son con­verted.

Wick­low were cruis­ing now and had all the play but Car­low some­how in­ter­cepted the ball and caught the Wick­low de­fence flat-footed and ran in a try of their own.

With just a few min­utes left in the half Wick­low went on the at­tack af­ter some hard work at the break­down the ball was fizzed out to Scott Fitz­patrick and he jinked his way through the Car­low de­fence and scored a crack­ing try.

Again Tom Hodgkin­son con­verted added the ex­tra points from the boot. The score at half-time was 22 -7 in Wick­low’s favour.

The sec­ond half got un­der way and Wick­low went straight on the at­tack and were quickly on the score­board again when Liam Ni­chol­son drove through the Car­low de­fence and touched down with an ex­cel­lent try.

Tom Hodgkin­son con­verted again and Wick­low were look­ing good.

Wick­low now made changes and again put Car­low un­der pres­sure and when the ball found its way to the hands of Jake Law he left the de­fence in his wake to score an­other try for Wick­low.

Car­low soon af­ter added a try against the run of play to keep their hopes up but quickly Wick­low re­sponded.

This time Tom Hodgkin­son went on a mazy run and touched down him­self which he then con­verted.

With time run­ning out Wick­low at­tacked again and broke through the Car­low de­fence and Ivan Mackey was on hand to fin­ish off an­other ex­cel­lent try. Tom Hodgkin­son again was deadly ac­cu­rate with the kick­ing tee.

With sec­onds re­main­ing in the last play of the game Car­low added a con­so­la­tion try and con­ver­sion to leave the score at full time 47-17 to Wick­low. This was the sixth straight vic­tory for Wick­low un­der-15s this sea­son.

Team: James Flem­ing, Liam Ni­chol­son, James o Don­nell, Michael Byrne, Sam o Con­nor, Zach callery, Ivan Mackey, Jor­dan twomey, Sean o meara, Tom hodgkin­son, thang Tran quoc, Jake law, Scott Fitz­patrick, Finn Fitz­patrick, Conor luddy, Shane Car­lin, Oisin Clare, Noah hana­hoe, Kyle Cor­ri­gan, Sean Hig­gins, Char­lie Clarke. Coaches Mark kin­lan, Markus moelders, Gra­ham Burleigh.

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