Ark­low much too good for Por­tar­ling­ton

Wicklow People - - SPORT -

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.

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.

Ark­low RFC Panel from:

Wick­low RFC un­der-15s.

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