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Friday 15 December 2017

Enniscorthy back on track

Wicklow 11 Enniscorthy 28

Enniscorthy got their Leinster League Division 1 campaign back on track with an emphatic win in Wicklow on Saturday.

Playing into a stiff wind in the first-half, the visitors more than held their own up front, but after 20 minutes they were down 6-0 after conceding two penalties.

Just on the half hour Enniscorthy went ahead when out-half Killian Lett put centre Ivan Poole through a gap in the middle 25 metres out. Poole sidestepped the full-back and touched down under the posts. Indeed, this partnership of Lett and Poole linked brilliantly all afternoon.

Enniscorthy had the wind advantage in the second-half. Within five minutes they scored another classic try.

Right wing Ivan Jacob joined the line between the two centres 20 metres out and found a gap, and his speed took him to the line for a wonderful score. Poole again converted.

The visitors' pack was now dominant in both the line-outs and scrum. When they got a kickable penalty midway through the second-half they backed themselves and elected to scrum.

Twice their scrum was taken down by Wicklow, leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty try.

Ten minutes later full-back Richard Dunne raced over from five metres after a quick release from the scrum by his brother, Arthur. This was the bonus point they were chasing for most of the second-half.

The last play of the game ended with a well-taken try by the Wicklow right wing.

This was comfortably Enniscorthy's best performance of the season. Their pack dominated and gave quality ball to the backs who had the edge on their opponents for most of the afternoon.

A lot of work has gone into the set-pieces over the past month and the fruits of this are appearing.

There is a better balance in the back line with Killian Lett at 10 and Ivan Poole at 12. Brothers Arthur and Richard Dunne both impressed on their first starts this season.

This bonus point win now moves Enniscorthy up to fourth in the league. They play Monkstown at home in the Ross Road next Saturday at 3 p.m.

Enniscorthy: Angelo Todisco (Tom Farrar, 75), David Murphy, Paddy Waters (James Doyle, 75), Joe Bulmer (Glen Deacon, 60), Joe Carley, Murt Kehoe (David Shore, 70), Jim White, Nick Doyle, Arthur Dunne, Killian Lett, David O'Dwyer, Ivan Poole (capt.), Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Richard Dunne. Unused sub. - Michael Farrell.

UNDER-16 GIRLS

Enniscorthy 42, Naas 19: Naas had eleven girls for this Leinster Under-16 Premier Division 1 qualifier on Saturday, so home side Enniscorthy matched that figure.

Enniscorthy started very well and scored a try within the first ten minutes and also converted.

Five minutes later they crossed the line to score a second try which was also converted with ease.

Naas didn't give up and got their first try in the 25th minute and converted it.

The Slaneysiders ended the half with another two tries, also converted, to establish a 28-7 lead.

The second-half was all to play for as a very strong Naas team got their second try which was also converted.

After great tackles from both sides, Enniscorthy broke free and with a run of the century got their fifth try and the conversion was added.

Naas didn't give up and scored their final try. The team effort of the amazing Enniscorthy girls was just superb, and they scored their sixth try with mighty strength from each girl. Another conversion followed.

The play and turnovers from the Enniscorthy girls was just magnificent.

Wexford People

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