|| Leinster League 26/9/10
J1: Kilkenny 47-0 Wexford
A perfect day for rugby with Kilkenny’s first home game in the Leinster league. Visitors Wexford were presented with an immaculately prepared main pitch, a credit to grounds man Jimmy McGarry. Following a disappointing loss away to Longford last week Kilkenny got back to winning ways by providing spectators with a feast of good rugby.
Kilkenny’s organised and structured approach to the game provided a platform of clinical running rugby which saw 6 tries scored by combined forwards and backs play. The hard work in training paid off as coach Paddy “Red” McDonald galvanised his troops. The head coach applied his valuable experience knowing the importance of a win at this stage of the competition. His charges duly responded to his coaching acumen.
Both Kilkenny and Wexford came to this game with loses in the first round of the Leinster league and both were eager for a win. Wexford started well taking the game to Kilkenny, but after 2 minutes Kilkenny were awarded a penalty for offside in a ruck. This was a well struck penalty converted from 40 metres by outhalf Dave McMahon.
Some good play from Wexford saw them gain territory in Kilkenny’s 22 resulting in a missed penalty. Kilkenny were to miss their next penalty attempt too. The first try of the game came on 19 minutes when scrum half Julian Hughes and number eight Willie Duggan combined well, from a rock steady scrum, to feed Alan Pembroke, Kilkenny’s answer to Jonah Lomu, who crashed over to open Kilkenny’s account. The conversion was barely missed by Dave McMahon.
Kilkenny were to add scores on 23 minutes with a try from Lee Wilson, converted by Dave McMahon, who added to his personal tally again on 29 and 32 minutes to leave the score at 21-0. Killian Everard was to cross the line on 34 minutes to score a converted try giving a half time score of 28-0.
Kilkenny resumed the second half with another converted try from Killian Everard after some fine footballing skills from Colm Brady, Lee Wilson and Alan Pembroke. Kilkenny’s forwards provided a steady platform for replacement scrum half, Victor Harper, who in turn provide quality ball to the backline. Kilkenny winger Killian Everard used this quality ball to score his third try on 49 minutes, with the conversion missed.
Man of the match, Tristram Dyer, who combined well with brother Ben, was unlucky not to score, before releasing Alan Pembroke to conclude Kilkenny’s try tally. The final score of the game was to be the conversion from Dave McMahon.
Wexford, to their credit, battled hard and never gave up but were no match for uncompromising Kilkenny superiority on the day. A fine performance all round from the Kilkenny squad.
The next fixture is home to Edenderry for both J1 and J2, on Sunday 3rd October, in the Leinster League. Kick-offs: 1.30pm and 3pm.
Team: Wayne Kavanagh, James Coady, Nigel Daly, James Blanchfield, Gerry Clarke, Ger Costelloe, Tristram Dyer, Willie Duggan, Julian Hughes, Dave McMahon, Lee Wilson, Mark Coughlan, Alan Pembroke, Killian Everard, Colm Brady
Replacements: Rob Kelly, Alan O’ Donovan, Victor Harper, Kevin Oates, Ben Dyer.