With a spring in their step after defeating Tralee in the last round of the Munster Junior I League, Clonmel 1st XV move onto the next round of the Munster Junior Cup having comprehensively beaten Ennis last Sunday 31-7.
The team’s attitude and desire to win at all costs was much more prevalent last Sunday than their previous visit to Ennis earlier this season in the Challenge Cup.
The spirit and determination to win manifested itself on the field of play.
Clonmel aided by a stiff breeze and with the hill in their favour, led 17-nil at half time.
The first half scores were as a result of tries from No 8, Darragh Foley and centre Mark Jenkinson. Conor Cooney converted both tries and added a penalty to round off the scoring for the half.
Even though this was a good and just result for Clonmel, Ennis were by no means out of the game.
And with the wind, hill and an Ennis team growing in confidence there was still a game to be played and won in the second half. It was not going to be easy, and it wasn’t.
But Clonmel adjusted well to the conditions and ploughed their way to a comprehensive victory, by scoring two more converted tries. The only response in the half from Ennis was a try by John Moore which was converted by Conor Dolan.
Even though Clonmel were missing a number of “regular” 1st XV players, they played with fantastic determination and team spirit - which goes to show the club has strength in depth and should progress beyond to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup which takes place in Clanwilliam against Clanwilliam next Sunday.
Congratulations to the Ireland Women’s team who made history over the weekend by defeating Italy to win their first every Grand Slam.
Well done to all but in particular all of Clonmel RFC sent a special congratulations and best wishes to Niamh Briggs, who played with Clonmel for many years.