Leinster u18 league Carlow 18 Navan 7
Carlow u18,s took on a very fancied Navan side in the premier Leinster League away in Navan, the Carlow side were looking for revenge for the defeat last seasons league final. Carlow started the game at a blistering pace taking the game to Navan, from the kick off the carlow pack hunted down the Navan players over turning the ball.and with some excellent off loads and fluid passing the carlow side pushed Navan back into their own 22 and forced a penalty which captain mark Mcdermett converted. From the restart they attacked the Navan defence again pushing the opposition back into their own half, Navan struggled to cope with the pace of the game and with about 15 minutes gone Carlow worked the ball across the pitch with some slick passing to give the final pass to winger Jody Murphy who finished the move jonah lomu style running out over the winger to score in the corner. With the score at 8 nil carlow continued to bring the game to Navan and with carlows scrum and lineout performing well it gave Carlow’s backs plenty chances to break the Navan defence. In the dying moments of the first half scrumhalf Daniel Crotty moved the ball quickly from a ruck passing across the back line to centre Caomhan Brennan who drew his man and passed the ball to 2nd row martin mullins who crashed over for Carlow’s second try, leaving the half time score 13 nil to Carlow.
The second half started off pretty much the same as the first with the Carlow side pushing Navan back well into their 22, carlow remained camped in the Navan 22 for about 5 minutes until with some hard work from the Carlow pack they broke the Navan defence moving the ball from left to right sending prop Damien Jordon in for Carlows third try, giving them a strong 18 nil lead. Navan upped their work rate in the second half and pushed Carlow back into their own half where they caused the Carlow defence a lot of problems. Navan got a penalty 5 metres out from the Carlow line and choose to scrum, the Navan number 8 picked from the scrum but was driven back by the Carlow back row, but after some intense rucking by Navan they crossed the line leaving the score at 18-7. Carlow held out for the remainder of the game with some really strong defensive performances from all the Carlow players and the game finished out !8 – 7.
Man of the match was awarded to winger Rauiri Dunbar, other players of note were Lir McDonald, Rob Browne Sam Dunne, conor kelly, and caomhan Brennan, but it was really an outstanding team performance. This win leaves Carlow three from three and top of the league with a place in the Leinster semi final well in their grasp with only two more games to play.
Carlow xv: R.Browne,j.Murphy,l.McDonald,C.Brennan,M.McDermott(capt),D.crotty.D.Jordon.L.Slater,J.Murphy,A.Curran,M.Mullins,S.Dunne,A.Rapley, c.Kelly Subs; C.McDonald, D.Curran,D.Carpenter,s.curran,A.daly.