Following our Seniors outstanding display against Wesley College last week, the Newbridge boys began this game with plenty of confidence, perhaps too much confidence. After a shaky start allowing Templeogue far too much space, the College backs again displayed great skill and scored 2 fine tries against the run of play.
This was as a result of the outstanding pressure of the College back row of Eanna Burke, Max Small and Captain Mark O’Connor. All throughout the game they chased and harassed the Templeogue boys and forced many turnovers and two of these led to the early tries by hooker David Booth and lively scrum half Todd Doyle, one of which was converted by Ronan Skehan. However, complacency set in and allowed Templeogue two easy tries and had they converted both, they would have be in the lead going into the break. As it turned out, the College led 12 -10 at the break.
After a few stern words by the Newbridge coaches at half time the college boys responded with a storming second half and scored a further 2 tries and a penalty without reply from Templeogue. This was a better display from Newbridge and especially for Ronan Skehan and Sam Sutton who supplied excellent ball for a superb try for Eanna Burke and also a clever line out move to allow Max Small score beside the posts.
While the Newbridge boys can be proud of their display, the nevertheless must not become too confident before they play Ard Scoil Ris (Limerick next Wednesday) or indeed before their tour to Leicestershire next weekend. With a little more focus and application this could become a very useful side in the future.
Newbridge College Juniors had an impressive victory over a good Kilkenny College side last Wednesday in Kilkenny. The final score in this hard fought game was 34 – 17. It was a good solid team display by Newbridge with impressive performances from D. Rigney, the back row of W. O’Brien, J. Connelly & B. Cella and for the backs the most impressive were M. Brown, K. Mahon and E. Kehoe - Clarke. There was another consistent kicking performance by P. Osborne and the try scorers were B. Cella, D. Rigney and K. Mahon (2).
The U16’s travelled to CBC Monstown last Wednesday for the third of their 5 TY League group matches. We started very well and were unlucky not to go ahead when Gary Burns was adjudged to have taken a forward pass after a great line break. However this didn’t deter us and we some got off the mark when captain James Tracy supported another line break and sprinted in from the 22. 5:0. Monkstown looked dangerous at times and almost scored just before halftime but Sam Murray made up great ground and then executed a fine tackle to save a certain try.
In the second half a number of injuries to the Monkstown side seemed to disrupt their rhythm and it was Murray who punished some slag defence when he ran clear from halfway to score under the posts. Conor Browne converted the easy 2-pointer. James Tracy was on hand next to crash over from close rang to stretch our lead to 17 points and that’s the way the score remained at the final whistle. Others to impress for Newbridge were Jamie Davis and Ronan Mangan up front while David Moynihan and Darragh Hennebry in the backs.
Our Inters Hosted Teranure who started the game positively with some solid rucking and good ball retention that ultimately lead to the the first try of the game after 5 minutes. Newbridge showed good fighting spirit and put the visitors under pressure with good leadership qualities been displayed by Jack Hogan and Richard Snell. Despite this good pressure Newbridge failed to take advantage and Teranure hit the home team on the break with two quick tries with some clinical back line moves.
The second half was a different story altogether with Newbridge starting fast and after 7 phases of rugby scored a great try with Eanna Osbourne touching the ball down onto the line. Newbridge went from strength to strength and Chris Deane and Phil O Neill started to stretch there legs at (1st and 2nd centre) ultimately leading to Phil sprinting the line to score a great try. To Teranure’s credit they were not going to be denied and scored late on to run out 24-12 victors…
Having gone 17 – 0 down the prospects for the U14 B side looked ominous. But somehow they managed to turn the game on its head. Craig Grant Playing outside-half for Newbridge decided to take the game into his own hands and started to run at the Terenure backs. By half time the score was 17-10. Newbridge began to believe they could win the game. Ten minutes into the second half they were wining 24 -17. Terenure realised they had a match to win. Despite their best endeavours they could not cross the Newbridge line again. The Newbridge tries were scored by Craig Grant (1) and Eon Murphy (3) with two conversions from Stephen Byrne. Shane Power, David Doyle, Billy Scully, Craig Grant and Eoin Murphy all played well for the College but it was really an overall team effort that brought about this excellent win in a very sporting game.
The Under-13 A’s played their last match before the Mid-Term break on Wednesday away to Clongowes. The first half turned out to be a very close encounter with Clongowes scoring the first try after ten minutes. Shortly afterwards Newbridge were unlucky to lose Charlie Ryan at full back due to a shoulder injury and he was replaced by Matthew Burke who did very well coming on. With half time approaching Calum O’Brien crossed the line for Newbridge and the conversion was added by Matthew Madigan. After the break Newbridge were first to score through Matthew Madigan and shortly afterwards Billy Dardis got a third try for Newbridge. Clongowes responded with a try of their own but Newbridge finished stronger scoring twice more before the final whistle. The next matches will be against C.U.S. after the Mid-Term.
Other Results: Senior 2nd 34 Templeogue 14; U16 B 22 CBC Monkstown B 7; Inter C 0 Terenure 50; Eller B 14 Clongowes 27; Eller C 26 Clongowes 24; Eller D 20 Clongowes 17