Ross run out of steam
Portlaoise arrived in Allianz Park in New Ross on Sunday to play the home team in the Leinster League Division 2A.
Portlaoise 21 New Ross 12
Portlaoise started with great intensity, and had New Ross under pressure from the kick-off. This resulted in an early penalty concession by the home team, which was converted for a three points to nil lead after just three minutes.
The next 15 minutes were spent between the 22-metre lines and, after an excellent break by centre David Crowdle, Matt Crowdle got free to score a superb try. Paddy Delaney converted to leave New Ross 7-3 ahead.
Once again, Portlaoise came back from the re-start and forced another penalty which they converted to pull back to seven points to six. The rest of the first-half was evenly contested but, with the last kick, Portlaoise were awarded another penalty which was converted into three more points for a half-time lead of 9-7 for the away team.
A feature of the first-half was the amount of ball turned over by the home team which undoubtedly contributed to New Ross being behind at this stage of the game.
The second-half started as the first did, with the away team applying fierce pressure. After turning down a kickable penalty, they kicked for the corner with a view to scoring a try to put distance between the sides.
Three times in succession, Portlaoise chose to use this tactic and failed to break the home defence. New Ross were awarded a penalty to lift the siege.
Five minutes later, the move of the match resulted in a try for David Crowdle to leave New Ross ahead 12-9. New Ross started to tire and the away team used their forwards to maul two more tries and a conversion for a 21-12 victory.
New Ross were missing several key players but some of the guys who came in played really well, none more so than Michael Tench. The man of the match was David Crowdle who tackled well and made and scored a try.