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U17 South East League 24/9/10

Kilkenny 58-5 Tullow

Kilkenny built on last week’s 2 nd half performance against Carlow when outclassing a young Tullow team in this south east league game played in excellent conditions on a pristine pitch in Tullow last Saturday. All 20 Kilkenny players received good game time which added to the match who will be played against Kilkenny College selection on Wednesday will progress the many players who have moved up from last years under 15 sides and be of great benefit when the Leinster league starts.

Kilkenny started slowly but were dominant from the start without putting points on the board for the first 15 minutes due to some poor individual decisions. However after scoring their first try when the individuals combined to score a good team try the penny clicked and they scored another 4 by half time.

After a short lull after half time as the substitutes settled Kilkenny scored another 5 making 10 in all, almost all excellently worked l due to good combination play as backs and forwards combined to create space and finish clinically.

While there were naturally some eye catching individual performances in a game so one sided a feature of the game was that Kilkenny stuck to their game plan throughout without resorting to individuals.

With five minutes to go Tullow scored a deserved try for their heart and to their credit never stopped trying. Some Kilkenny players questioned the referee’s absolutely correct decision in awarding the try instead of questioning why their defence was shredded with Tullow attacking the undefended blind side, a lack of personal discipline that will be eradicated by the coaches before more stressful games are played in the future.

Plusses for Kilkenny was the impressive scoring debut of Jack Cotter on the wing, and the physical displays of the returning Tadhg o Carroll and Darragh Morrissey in the second row as well as another of last years under 15s Nick Feehan making his début.

On the debit side the line out totally malfunctioned with only 2 of ten balls being won on Kilkenny’s own throw and the goal kicking has to improve with a return of four from ten.

Scorers : Diarmuid Hickey, Cormac Connolly, Jack Cotter, Sean Moran, Gary Dunne, Robbie Corcoran, Liam McWey, Hugh Lane.

Team also included Mick King, Darren Knox, Adam Jordon, James Rafter, John Curtin, James Quinn, Craig Murphy, Ciaran Sutton, and Dara McGrath

Wednesday 29/9/10 Friendly v Kilkenny College Selection KO 6.30 in Kilkenny College where all players from last years under 15s will start.

Saturday 2/10/10, South East League Home v Arklow KO 11.30

Mick McGrath, 25th September 2010