||J2: Leinster League, Saturday
North Kildare 0
by Padraic Treacy
No matter how one tries, it is almost impossible to paint a pretty picture on this dismal display of rugby played in dismal weather conditions.
Opponents North Kildare arrived in Foulkstown on Saturday with only 12 players and rather than forfeit the game and points they were adamant to play. Kilkenny were allowed field a full 15 players so from the outset this was a very one-sided affair. In fairness to Kildare however, they did not give up until the final whistle and gave Kilkenny a run for their money.
It took only a matter of minutes for Kilkenny to cross the Kildare line when speedy outhalf, Paul O’Flynn, scored the first of his three tries. Lee Wilson, who just returned from a lengthy injury and Conor Bass, crossed the line before the half-time break leaving the score going into the break 25 – 0 for the home side.
The driving wind and rain seemed to intensify for the second half but this did not stop experienced prop, Mick Hannigan from crashing over the line 3 minutes into the half with Barry Daly adding the conversion. Kildare held out for the next twenty minutes before Kilkenny’s towering second row, Mick Dunne drove over the line. This time Daly narrowly missed the conversion. Minutes later, Wilson again crossed the line for Kilkenny and scored his second try of the game with scrum-half, Quentin Hearne adding the conversion.
Despite the unequal numbers, Kilkenny were in control for the entire game and never gave their opponents the opportunity to score. Best for the home side were Paul O’Flynn, Leon Madigan and Simon Manuel.
Kilkenny take on Roscrea on Sunday in Streamstown. Kick-off 1.30pm
Kilkenny: Eamonn Carroll, Paul O’Flynn, Shane Raferty, Vinnie O’Shea (C), Ger Flood, Barry Daly, Quentin Hearne, Conor Bass, Lee Wilson, Leon Madigan, Emmet Carey, James Blanchfield, Mick Hannigan, Emmet Lynch, Simon Manuel.
Subs: Brian Nolan, Joe Ryan, Dave Matthews, David Nolan, Cayman Browne.