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  J2: Leinster League, Saturday 4/2/12

Kilkenny 39
Roscrea  03

by Padraic Treacy

Kilkenny Seconds and league leaders went on the rampage on Saturday in Foulkstown when they faced second from bottom Roscrea. This was a very one-sided affair, with Kilkenny putting in a blistering performance in wet and slippery conditions.

Julian Hughes opened the scoring 2 minutes into the game with a fine penalty kick. Winger, Rod Hogan, extended the score line 6 minutes later when he touched down just right of the posts following a powerful run straight through the Roscrea defence. Hughes added the conversion. From the restart Kilkenny were judged to be offside and Roscrea kicked the penalty to give them their one and only score of the game.

Kilkenny kept up the pressure and 3 minutes later, big prop Eddie Brennan, took control of the ball and with half of Roscrea on his back ploughed over the line to score a brilliant try. Hughes missed a hard penalty kick just on half time to leave the score going into the break at 15 – 3 to the home side.

Things got worse for Roscrea in the second half when captain Vinnie O’Shea crossed the line following a superb back line move. Barry Daly who replaced the injured Hughes, added the conversion. Ten minutes later, hooker Emmet Lynch crossed the line and Daly was again on hand to add the conversion. Moments later, with Kilkenny having fought their way back into the Roscrea 22, Daly did his trade-mark thing and kicked a superb drop goal despite the efforts of Roscrea to block his attempt.

With five minutes remaining, Kilkenny added another superb try when Ronnie Moran touched down and again Daly sealed the deal with a fine conversion kick.

This was a superb all round team effort, however, flanker Ronnie Moran, prop Eddie Brennan and outside centre Ger Flood shone out on the day.  Kilkenny look set to take the title again this year, however with Portarlington still left to play, a win is vital to ensure this.

Kilkenny are away to Balbriggan on Sunday in the first round of the Seconds Towns Cup. Kick-off 3.00pm.

Kilkenny: Eamonn Carroll, Rod Hogan, Ger Flood, Vinnie O’Shea (C), Kieran Ormonde, Julian Hughes, Victor Harper, Conor Bass, Ronnie Moran, Leon Madigan, Dave Matthews, Emmet Carey, Eddie Brennan, Emmet Lynch, Paddy Beaue.

Subs: David Buckley, Simon Manuel, Quentin Hearne, Richie Connolly, Barry Daly.