Sunday 19 November 2017

New Ross on top after long trip to Louth

The New Ross first XV made the long journey to Ardee for the first away instalment of the Leinster League.

New Ross 64 Ardee 12

They got proceedings off to a good start after five minutes when Matt Crowdle finished in style in the corner, and Paddy Delaney converted.

After 18 minutes, it was David Crowdle's turn to go over behind the posts after a powerful scrum and good Ross handling across the backs, first one way and then all the way back across the field, and once again Paddy Delaney was successful with the conversion.

Just short of the half-hour, it was the forwards' turn to click when a great break by the captain, Steve Roche, and slick off-loading via Kyle Roche ended with Niall O'Callaghan slotting down under the posts. Delaney was again successful with the conversion.

Some five minutes later Cormac Tierney carried on a dream start to his adult rugby career by continuing his rich vein of form and scoring in the corner. This time the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

After 38 minutes Ardee got over the whitewash but this score was more notable for the block down of the conversion attempt by prop, Kevin Browne.

On the resumption, the Ross backs manufactured more quick ball and culminated the move with David Crowdle sliding over for his second of the day.

After the break, Ross were intent on gilding the lily and building the pressure on Ardee, with David Crowdle securing his hat-trick within two minutes of the resumption.

After 50 minutes, a fantastic tackle by Steve Roche and rapid ruck clearance led to Eanna Burke getting his name on the try scorers' list before Matt Crowdle touched down for his second on 53 minutes.

After 67 minutes, Eanna Burke doubled his tally after forwards and backs alike engaged in a long series of quick off-loads. Niall Coughlan took over the conversion duties and was again involved four minutes later with a great run and off-load to enable Michael Malone to add his name to the tally.

Ardee scored an intercept try in the 73rd minute to leave the final score at 64-12, and the Barrowsiders with the maximum haul from their first two outings.

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