Clonmel into Junior Cup quarter- final following impressive win over Kinsale

Clonmel 18 Kinsale 10

Clonmel 18 Kinsale 10

The conditions were superb last Sunday for the Munster Junior Cup fourth round clash between Clonmel and Kinsale. Kinsale, in third position in the MJL Division 2, opened the game with all guns blazing. In the first fifteen minutes, Clonmel paid only one visit into the Kinsale half of the field. The Kinsale forwards were big, sturdy, and mobile. The backs were nimble and quick of hand and foot.

After fourteen minutes Clonmel were awarded a scrum in their own 22. Kinsale struck against the head and won the scrum. A back row move set up the ruck, and the Kinsale scrum half started the quick moving of the ball along the back line. The Clonmel defence was completely stretched as the ball ended up with Kinsale’s centre, Stephen Murphy, powering up the right wing to collect the ball to score a magnificent try.

Things did not look too good for Clonmel.

But they responded quickly and within a minute were back inside Kinsale’s 22. The forward pressure resulted in a penalty 30 meters out on the left wing. Ben Martyn, playing at fullback, stepped up to the mark and slotted the ball over the bar.

Clonmel were dominant for the next eleven minutes, with all the forwards making good runs and setting up good platforms for the backs to run off. One such move resulted in the ball being passed back into Ben Martyn, who from deep inside his own half kicked into the Kinsale 22. Kinsale’s poor clearance saw the Clonmel forwards pounce again and their efforts were rewarded with another penalty scored by Martyn.

It was obvious that Martyn was making his mark on the game with the result that from the next kick-off he was specifically targeted. From the kick-off he collected and quickly cleared the lines. But it was difficult for him to sidestep the incoming, extremely late “tackle”. Kinsale were summarily reduced to 14 players. This was an opportunity for Clonmel to forge ahead. But Kinsale defended well and tried to run back at Clonmel. However, with big hits going in from centres Brian Lonergan and Robbie Carroll, many a ball was dislodged from Kinsale hands to give the turnover back to Clonmel.

The continued pressure resulted in another penalty just before half-time to make the half-time score, Clonmel 9, Kinsale 5.

Kinsale started off the second half in the same manner as they started the first, they dominated the first 14 minutes. During that time they were awarded one penalty which bounced off the upright and back into play.

It was from then on that Clonmel retook control of the game and gradually worked their way back up the field. Clonmel were mauling and rucking well, and the ball was moving at ease along the back line. Unfortunately, one easy floating pass was intercepted by the Kinsale winger, Renaud Sergere, who ran 60 meters to score in the left corner. With the score now at Kinsale 10, Clonmel 9, the Kinsale body language looked spritely, upbeat and confident. Clonmel looked like the heavy blow they just received.

The game was evenly poised for the next six minutes, but gradually Clonmel were getting the upper hand again. With the engine room triumvirate of Mike Sheehan and Tony Cantwell in second row and Brenny Leo at scrum-half, the platforms were set up and the driving force continued, leading to another three successful penalty kicks. With no response from Kinsale the final score was Clonmel 18, Kinsale 10.

Clonmel’s opposition in the next round is Richmond who have already won the Munster Junior League Division 1 title. In the League campaign, Richmond won 11 of their 12 games. The only game they lost was against ...... Clonmel.

However, Richmond are always difficult to beat at home. Then again Clonmel have beaten Richmond at home in the past, so there is absolutely no reason why they cannot beat Richmond again and progress to the quarter finals of this season’s Munster Junior Cup.

This is a great opportunity for Clonmel RFC and they deserve your support. So please travel to support the team. Kick-off is at 2.30pm, Sunday 26th Feb, in Richmond RFC, Limerick.

Women’s XV have convincing win over Abbeyfeale

Natasha Keeffe signed out in style for Clonmel last Sunday, opening the scoring for the home team in what was her last rugby match before she hangs up her boots. In a long career that has also seen her wear the Munster jersey with distinction, she has been a much loved player and friend, and will be sorely missed by all in the team.

The break over the last few weeks showed as it took Clonmel a while to get their match legs back. Chances were missed in the opening minutes, but experience held out, and Natasha took her score well. Clonmel continued the pressure, gathering the kickoff and the forwards working their way into the opposition 22. A fast ball out to the backs saw fullback Mairead Comerford make the most of a gap in the centre to score Clonmel’s second try, which she then converted.

The Clonmel forwards showed their experience, accounting for much of the possession for the rest of the half. Clonmel scored just short of the half time whistle, with Kate O’Loughlin making a break and timing her pass well for prop Catherine Kenny to score under the posts. Try was converted by Mairead Comerford.

The visitors upped the pressure in the second half, with their back line displaying some nice moves, but the Clonmel defence held up well. Again, Mairead Comerford showed her liking for crossing the white line, scoring after a great move by the Clonmel backs, to touchdown in the corner. Not to be outdone, hooker Jean Lonergan finished off the game with a try, after a mad dash back from Killarney as a late call up due to player unavailability.

Final score Clonmel 31, Abbeyfeale 0.

Under 13s win

The u-13s played Waterford City in a friendly in Clonmel last Sunday and won by 22 points to 20.

This was a great win for the boys as they were having trouble all year fielding a team but Brian Lonergan and Alex McDwyer, persisted with the players and now have a lovely team at present. If this team continues to train and get the games they will develop into a fantastic side.

The first try came after 5 minutes when man of the match Dylan Nugent ran from his own 22 and scored. Waterford came back straight away and levelled the game. Waterford went ahead 5 minutes later with another try. Both sides battled it out to half time with Waterford leading 10 points to 5.

In the second half, scrumhalf Darren Slattery, playing a blinder, sent Nugent away for his second try and Clonmel were level again. But it was Waterford who got the next two tries and were 20 points to 10 up.

Clonmel with Luke Sweeney, Cian McGuire, Paddy Murchan and Daniel Deane giving the backs plenty of good ball got their next try when Simon Perrigoe set off and passed to Ross McDwyer who beat two tacklers and gave the pass to Daniel Hyland who scored under the post. Murchan added the points.

With time running out Daniel Keane picked from a scrum, gave the ball to Kieran O’Ceallaigh who passed to Nugent who ran in for his hat trick and a win for Clonmel.

Well done to all and keep up the training.

Minis

Training as usual on Saturday morning at 10.30am,

Sunday 26, Blitz in Kilfeacle for U9, 10, 11 and 12s. Meet at 9.15am in club grounds. Leaving at 9.30am sharp. This will be  a good test as to how each team is performing so come along and support the players.

CRFC Annual Lotto

A massive thank you to all those who renewed their Annual Lotto Subscription for 2012 and welcome to all our new subscribers. We very much appreciate your support and assure you the money will be used efficiently and effectively in the running of the club from youths to seniors. The current Jackpot is €4,000 and tickets can also be purchased on a fortnightly basis. Should you still wish to subscribe please contact Paul Garrett on 087-9109374, see the club website (www.clonmelrrc.com)  or the contact CRFC office (either in person or at office@clonmelrfc.com) for details. 

All-weather pitches:

The all-weather pitches are available for hire any day, morning, afternoon and evening. For bookings please contact: 087-3724393 or 087-3724394

Fixtures:

1st XV on Sunday, February 26, Clonmel play away to Richmond in the fifth round of the Munster Junior Cup. Kick-off is at 2.30pm

For direction to the Richmond RFC grounds in Limerick contact 087-3724393 or 087-3724394

All underage players are asked to check games and times with their coaches.