Crowdle makes two crucial interventions as Swan seals points for Ross
Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00
Edenderry were the visitors to Allianz Park on Sunday for the crucial Leinster League Division 2A match. A win for the home side without conceding a bonus point would have placed them above the visitors in the table.
New Ross 13 Edenderry 10
In horrendous weather conditions, New Ross played expansive rugby and were moving the ball at every opportunity.
In contrast, the bigger, heavier visitors were not taking many risks and used their big strike runners to test the tackling of the home side.
For the first 20 minutes, the home forwards were well on top, and were supplying good ball to the backs.
Eventually, New Ross made the breakthrough when one of their pre-planned moves came off and Matt Crowdle went over near the posts for an excellent try.
Adam Swan added the points for a well-deserved 7-0 lead. He then struck a superb drop goal to stretch the lead to 10-0.
Edenderry started to improve on the half hour mark and asked questions of the home team.
The away side scored a try early in the second-half and added a penalty to tie the scores at 10-10.
The away team now looked like they would go on to win the game. Their left wing looked extremely dangerous and made a couple of long-range strikes, one of which resulted in a try-saving tackle by Matt Crowdle.
Unfortunately, Matt picked up an injury from this tackle and had to leave the field. He certainly saved a seven-pointer and there may well have been no way back for the home team at that point.
Neither side was willing to lose at this stage and it turned into a savage battle.
New Ross then made one last attempt to take the win. After a great breakaway by the backs, David Crowdle was denied a certain try by a truly baffling decision by the referee.
However, from the resulting series of scrums, a penalty was awarded to the home team.
Adam Swan stepped up to slot the kick, which proved to be the last of the game for a narrow, but deserved, victory.
This was truly a team performance, so it is difficult to pick a stand-out player, but Matt Crowdle was central to the two moments that ensured this vital win.