Thump­ing win for U18s in New Ross

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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