Enniskerry put an end to Blessington run
Suttonians in total control
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.