Following a home win the previous weekend over Old Christians action continued in the Munster Junior League Division 1 last Sunday with the Clonmel 1st XV playing away to Cobh Pirates RFC.
Clonmel & Cobh were going into the game closely matched in 5th and 6th and both were anxious to deliver a good performance.
For Clonmel it was an opportunity to build on their previous week’s win and maintain some momentum.
In what were ideal rugby playing conditions, it was an early infringement by Cobh that allowed Clonmel’s Conor Cooney open the scoring with a penalty in the fourth minute to take an early 3-0 lead.
A second penalty to Clonmel within ten minutes doulbled the lead and Clonmel maintained the 6-0 advantage until half time.
The second half opened with a third penalty for Clonmel duly taken by Cooney.
With territory and possession traded between both sides, a 25mt break by Luke Hogan up the the right hand side saw him over the line for Clonmel’s and the game’s first try.
Clonmel led 14-0.
However that was to be the last Clonmel score. Cobh rallied and ran in two tries, one of which was converted leading to an anxious final ten minutes as the Clonmel side doggedly defended a slender 14-12 advantage.
The win in Cobh was the fitfh in six games, with the singular blot being the recent home loss at the hands of Kanturk.
Clonmel now sit in a respectable fourth place on the fourteen team table on 21 points, three behind joint table toppers St. Mary’s and Kanturk.
We now await Tralee at home on December 1.
Munster Junior 2 League:
The Clonmel 2nd XV travelled to near neighbours Cashel last Sunday in the latest round of the Munster Junior 2 league. Cormac Rea opened proceedings with an early try which was built on with further tries by Conor Tobin and David Harney. Two of the tries were duly converted by Christopher Brown.
Cashel responded with one converted try.
A huge defensive effort by the Clonmel side denied Cashel a further score resulting in a final result of 19-7 to Clonmel.
The next game sees Clonmel play host to Waterford City on Saturday next at 6.30pm.
Womens Munster League
It was a game free weekend for the ladies team last weekend following the previous week’s away win over Waterford City. Training continues on Friday nights at 7.30pm and numbers could still do with a boost.
The Clonmel side play host to Dungarvan on Sunday next at 3pm.
In the upcoming womens Inter Provincial series, title holders Munster play Ulster in Clonmel on December 8.
The game should be a graet spectacle given the strength of womens provincial and national rugby this year.
Come along and support the girls in red.
Game starts at 1pm.
Entry is free of charge.
2nd XV are home to Waterford City on Saturday November 23rd, 6.30pm
Ladies home to Dungarvan on Sunday November 24th, 3pm