Thumping win for U18s in New Ross
THE Wicklow RFC under-18s travelled to New Ross on Saturday for their first game of the season in Group one of the South East league.
The Ashtown Lane girls got a hot reception off the pitch with the Mercury tipping 21 degrees as they got off the bus and an equally hot reception on the pitch from a fired up New Ross side.
The game was a tough affair on a narrow pitch and 25 minutes in it was still 0-0 in a real arm wrestle of a match with both packs negating each other and both backlines finding the narrow confines a little claustrophobic.
Just as it looked like we might head into the break with the deadlock intact a series of punishing drives by the excellent Wicklow forwards resulted in enough pressure for the visitors to cross under the posts and go 7-0 in fromt with only minutes remaining in the half the Wexford girls really piled on the pressure and got a score of their own to make it 7-5 with two minutes to half-time.
The Garden County girls weren’t done yet though and with two quick back to back tries they went in 17-5 up at half-time.
This really was a game of two halves and with the New Ross girls tiring and the Wicklow girls starting to get on the front foot what had been an attritional forward dominated first half opened up into a much more flowing game of rugby with the backs now starting to find space in the Wexford girls defence where it hadn’t been in the first half.
Wicklow settled into a smooth pattern in the second half and the ran in some superb tries to seal a healthy 51-5 victory.