En­niskerry put an end to Bless­ing­ton run

Sut­to­ni­ans in to­tal con­trol

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LE­IN­STER LEAGUE Divi­sion 1A

WICK­LOW RFC got their league cam­paign of to a stut­ter­ing start with a dif­fi­cult away fix­ture to a resur­gent Sut­to­ni­ans side on Satur­day.

The start to Wick­low’s sea­son has been less than ideal with dis­rup­tions due to can­cel­la­tions of fixtures, in­juries and player un­avail­abil­ity.

For­mer AIL side Sut­to­ni­ans were pro­moted last sea­son hav­ing won Divi­sion 1B of the Le­in­ster League and have strength­ened con­sid­er­ably since Wick­low did the dou­ble over them a cou­ple of sea­sons ago.

Wick­low played into the strong wind in the first half and whilst they were un­der some pres­sure in the early stages they had de­fended well and soaked up pretty much every­thing that Sut­to­ni­ans threw at them.

Af­ter 25 min­utes the pres­sure told and one lapse in de­fense cost Wick­low a score. The Dublin­ners led by 5-0.

Just be­fore half-time they got over for an­other score out wide. A good con­ver­sion made it 12-0 and Wick­low turned around at the break con­fi­dent that they could get them­selves back into this game.

A good score by Billy Ngaw­ini was con­verted early in the sec­ond. The score was now 12-7 and Wick­low ap­peared to be back in the hunt. Their op­ti­mism was to be short­lived as Sut­to­ni­ans re­sponded al­most im­me­di­ately with an­other try to make it 19-7.

Soon af­ter­wards a fourth try made it 24-7 and the game was gone.

Wick­low heads dropped a lit­tle and the in­ten­sity that was there in the first half was lack­ing.

Against a strong side like Sut­to­ni­ans, a lack of in­ten­sity was al­ways go­ing to get pun­ished and so it proved in the clos­ing stages as they ran in an­other cou­ple of scores to run out easy 41-7 win­ners.

This was a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing out­ing for an un­der­strength Wick­low side.

Sut­to­ni­ans are a strong side and will go well in the league this year but Wick­low know they are far bet­ter than their per­for­mance on Satur­day.

They cer­tainly wont panic and will work hard this week to get things back on track with an­other tough out­ing against Kilkenny at home on Satur­day.

Kilkenny had a good win at home to Sea­point and will be keen to con­tinue their good start to the league.

In other re­sults, Gorey beat Bernard Jack­man’s Bec­tive Rangers 12-10 and Ash­bourne beat Dun­dalk in Dun­dalk by 7-26.

Firsts kick off at 3pm with the sec­onds at 1.30pm. The Wick­low lads could do with as much sup­port as pos­si­ble.

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