Carlow J1 24 – Newbridge 15
Carlow made it 4 wins from six games in the Leinster League on Sunday when bottom of the tableNewbridge came to Oakpark. Carlow got a chance to showcase their scrum right from the off as the Newbridge out half failed to kick 10 metres. The opening exchanges were littered with penalties from both sides with Carlow eventually pressing into the Newbridge half where they spent the next 15 minutes pushing the Newbridge defence. Carlow’s efforts were rewarded with their first score of the day from a great pick and go off the back of a Carlow scrum and quick pass to Fionnan Burke to run in near the posts.
Peter Hennessy converted (7-0) From the restart Carlow gave away 2 quick penalties allowing Newbridge the opportunity to get points on the board full back Conor Dolan kicked from in front of the posts bringing the score to (7-3) Shortly after Carlow’s Christophe Chall went down with what looked to be a knee injury. Carlow captain Thomas Ratahi returning from injury replaced the injured Chall.
Newbridge found it hard to break into Carlow’s half for long spells of the first half, which was down to resolute Carlow defence. Carlow’s second try came from a loose ball just inside Newbridge’s half which Niall Bermingham got a foot to, his quick chase up and second kick brought the ball over Newbridge’s try line where he scored. Conversion by Peter Hennessey went left and wide (12-3)
Carlow’s third try came shortly after when Seamus Curran found some space on the left wing stepping 2 Newbridge defenders dotting down in the corner. Peter Hennessey missed the conversion from the line (17-3) Carlow’s discipline slipped in the last minutes of the first half with a knock on from the restart followed by a penalty. Newbridge were unable to make any ground and the ball found its way back to Carlow hands. James Nolan had another great day making ground with barging runs. Newbridge ended the half with a spell of possession where they had a chance to make some ground with a kick to the corner, the kick was deemed to go out on the full.
Carlow started the second half strongly but began to leak penalties letting Newbridge back into the game. Despite the possession and the ground made, Newbridge were unable to convert any chances into points. James Nolan was stopped just short of the Newbridge line with an ankle tap about 2 metres from the try line. Again Newbridge began to come back into the game and got their first try when Newbridge winger Robert Browner dotted down in the corner Conor Dolan missed conversion (17-8) shortly after Newbridge’s Alan O’Connor saw yellow for tackling Caomhan Brennan off the ball.
Carlow’s 4 th try was scored after a number of pick and go’s by Carlow’s forward’s Thomas “Mossy” Whitney barged over the line. Try converted from in front of the posts by Peter Hennessey (24-8) The last quarter of the half was dominated by a number of Carlow penalties and infringements with Wesley Shirley first to see yellow for Carlow for repeated hands in the ruck. From the resulting penalty Newbridge got their second try of the game again almost in the same fashion as the first in the corner when Browner dotted down again converted by Ronan Skehan (24-15) Carlow soon were down to 13 when Thomas Ratahi was binned for an intentional knock on about 10 metres out from the Carlow try line. Carlow managed to absorb the Newbridge attacks for the last minutes of the game. While it was a strong Carlow performance, particularly the forwards, there was a sense of relief at the full time whistle.
Carlow head into a break next weekend 19 th November with Carlow holding a Lip Sync Battle inCarlow Rugby Club on Saturday night at 8pm
Peter Hennessey. Seamus Curran, Simon Walshe, Caomhan Brennan, Samuel Dunne, Fionnan, Burke, Alexander Crossley, Alan Byrne, Ross Byrne, Larry McGrath, Wes Shirley, John Lyons, Niall Bermingham, Christophe Chall, James Nolan, Subs: Adam Dowling, Andrew Hanley, Thomas Ratahi, Thomas Whitney, Evan Gordon. Thomas Ratahi
Patrick Commane, Niall Duggan, Ciaran O’Rourke, Rory McCann, Oisin Howell, Richard Snell, Cormac Nugent, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Patrick Kavanagh, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, Robert Browner, Conor Dolan. Subs: Aidan Healy, Alan O’Connor, Mar Doyle, Denis Clarke, Liam McGovern
Carlow 30 Newbridge 0
Carlow’s J2 side had a fairly easy win over their Newbridge visitors to maintain their unbeaten Leinster League season after 6 games. First on the scoring sheet came two penalties from outhalf Tom Bolger. This was followed first half tries by Adam Dowling, Remi Berger and William Kelly to give the home side a 23-0 half time lead.
The second half was closer but Adam Dowling still got through for his second try which Zac Ftzhenry goaled to put Carlow on 30 points. Again in this match Carlow’s J2 side got four tries but it mattered not as bonus points do not apply in this League Table.
Ian Atkinson, Adam Dowling, Peter Cassidy, Jack Hickey, William Kelly, Tom Bolger, Nigel Smyth, Aaron Owens, Evan Gordon, Mark Dooley, Robin James, Zach FitzHenry, Rudi Corcoran, Remi Berger, Martin Mullins.
Subs: Niall O Malley, Oisin Sinnott, Paul Byrne, Liam Nolan, Aaron Forbes, Remi Berger