On a weekend when the weather beat all, the only game played with a Clonmel RFC involvement was the u-17 game against Kilkeacle. At every level from u-8s to Junior 1 there is always a thrilling, hard-fought, close battle between these two clubs. This game was no exception with Kilkeacle eking out a narrow victory of 32 points to 29.
Clonmel started well with a nice try but then switched off for the next 20 mins or so allowing Kilfeacle back into the game with two soft tries from squandered possession on Clonmel’s behalf. In the first half the weather conditions were very windy with Clonmel playing into a strong breeze. In the second half Clonmel played into the wind and uphill but regained focus and started to play well. Clonmel took the lead with another two tries. On a wet and soggy pitch kicking conditions were almost impossible so the tries were not converted.
From a penalty within the Clonmel 22, Clonmel missed their kick for touch. This was the turning point in the game as Kilfeacle gathered and romped down the field to score a try. This was followed by another Kilfeacle try.
It was very difficult to claw back this lead in the poor conditions but Clonmel kept heart and with a few tap and go penalties managed to score another try. Clonmel were desperately trying for a final score but their eagerness and drive to win saw them knocking on the ball in contact. With the result Kilfeacle closed out the game with a narrow victory.
Clonmel 1st XV now only have two League games remaining and are lying seventh in the table with 25 points. However Clonmel has played two more games than their final two combatants. Tralee are in fifth place with 31 points and Cobh Pirates are in ninth place with 23 points. These could be the best games of the season as Clonmel needs to gather as many points as possible from both games if they are to continue playing Division 1 rugby next season. Keep checking the Club website, www.clonmelrfc.com, to find out when these games are on so that you can give the team your encouragement to win.
Because of the bad weather last weekend a lot of games were postponed. It is very likely that the cup game against Ennis will be refixed for next Sunday. Check www.clonmelrfc.com for details.