Key bonus point eludes 'Scorthy
Dejection despite home win
It is a very long time since a group of players sat down in a dressing-room that was silent and dejected after winning a match with a ten-point margin, but that is what happened on Saturday after Enniscorthy beat visitors Coolmine 25-15.
Enniscorthy 25 - Coolmine 15
The reason for their despondency was because they had missed out on an opportunity to get a fourth try which would have given them a bonus point. The reason for the disappointment was because the table-toppers did get a bonus point three minutes from the end of their clash with Monkstown and have stolen a march on the Slaneysiders, pushing out their advantage on the top to four points.
This was a sloppy and careless performance against a team fighting for their lives at the foot of the table. The performance in the first-half particularly was disjointed, full of mistakes and wrong decisions with ball in hand. Their talisman, Declan O'Brien, was absent and his influence on and off the field was missed.
Coolmine played good, simple rugby and were leading 15-13 after ten minutes of the second-half.
The breakthrough eventually came when Thomas Stamp got in for his second try to at last put the home team in front.
Enniscorthy were now forcing the game to get the extra points and as a result they still made a lot of mistakes. The third try came after a fine burst down the right wing by Paul Bolger who ran in under the posts to make the conversion easy for Ivan Poole.
Try as they might, that elusive fourth try just would not come.
'We were sluggish today no question and maybe we thought all we had to do was go out and win,' manager David Wrafter said. 'We only got going when we rejigged things but look, we know we might have slipped up.
'The reality is that it is very hard week in and week out expecting to get a bonus point, but in terms of winning g the league we have handed the initiative to Dundalk although both of us have three matches left.
'We have to keep winning and hope that we don't slip up and hope that Dundalk might just falter, but whatever happens it is going to be a cracker when Dundalk come to Ross Road in the final league match on March 7. It is interesting to note that they have secured nine bonus points to our five which is disappointing .We will now focus on the first round Cup match on Sunday when we will travel to Edenderry (2.30 p.m.).'
Team: James Doyle, Davy Murphy, Paddy Waters, Seán Wall, Thomas Stamp, Ronnie White, Tom Ryan, Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Killian Lett (capt.), Ivan Jacob, Hughie O'Neill, Ivan Poole, Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Paul Bolger. Subs. Used - Ross Barbour, Angelo Todisco, Robbie O'Connor, Shane McGuire, Alan Jacob.