Enniscorthy's best show of the season
Enniscorthy 45 D.L.S.P. 0
With their squad almost back to full strength, Enniscorthy produced their best display of the season to date by comprehensively defeating DLSP at the Ross Road in Division 1A of the Leinster League on Saturday.
DLSP arrived in joint second position in the league. Their league ambitions, however, were shattered by this display from the home side which scored six tries without reply.
Three early penalty kicks from centre Ivan Poole put the home side 9-0 ahead in the first quarter. On 25 minutes Poole kicked a crossfield ball which was gathered by right wing Ivan Jacob on the halfway.
He raced to the '22 and off-loaded inside to full-back Richie Dunne who scored in the corner.
Their second try came just on half-time when Jacob entered the line inside his own half and released left wing David O'Dwyer who made great ground before passing back to Jacob.
Jacob scored under the posts for a wonderful try. Poole converted to leave the score 21-0 at the interval and no way back for the visitors.
A quarter of an hour into the second-half, lock Joe Carley crashed over from a ruck. The pack was now dominant and the visitors looked well beaten.
They were winning all the exchanges in the loose and providing quality ball to the backs. Three more tries were scored by the backs before the finish.
Richie Dunne scored again in the right corner and Ivan Jacob got his second try a few minutes later. Scrum-half Arthur Dunne scored a wonderful try from loose play at the finish.
The rugby adage, 'forwards win matches and the backs determine by how much', surely applied to this game. All 20 involved showed a hunger and an urgency which the opposition could not cope with.
In the backs the back three of Ivan Jacob, David O'Dwyer and Richie Dunne had big games and were a threat all day.
Locks Joe Carley and Tomás Stamp were immense in the engine room but special praise has to go to flanker Tom Ryan who had a tremendous game and was awarded man of the match.
Enniscorthy are now in third place and travel to second-placed Dundalk next weekend.
A win there would make them serious contenders for the league title.
Enniscorthy: Angelo Todisco, David Murphy, Paddy Waters, Tomás Stamp, Joe Carley, Jim White, Tom Ryan, Nick Doyle, Arthur Dunne, Killian Lett, David O'Dwyer, Ivan Poole (capt.), Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Richard Dunne. Subs. - Evan Lett for K. Lett (65), Hugh O'Neill for R. Dunne (70), Tom Farrar for Waters (70), Tony White for Todisco (39-49 and 70), John Daly for Stamp (70).