A busy weekend for all the teams in Clondalkin Rugby Club. On Saturday in the Metro 7 league the Thirds were beaten away by table toppers Tallaght RFC. Sunday proved to be a more productive as the Women’s team travelled to Mullingar and beat the local; “Heifers” by 26-15 to maintain a solid mid table slot in Leinster League.
Also on Sunday afternoon the mens Firsts & Seconds travelled to Portlaoise to take on the local team there. in Leinster League J2. The Seconds recorded a facile win by 38-0 to maintain their unbeaten run and consolidate their position on top of the league.
Later that afternoon the Firsts took on a tough encounter against a Portlaoise still in contention for league honours. A cold afternoon served up a good game to keep the large number of supporters warm. Clon started quickly and scored a try with good driving work by all eight forward after just five minutes. the conversion in a tricky wind was missed. The game ebbed and flowed and both sides made hard yards without success. After 25 mins a good flowing move by Clon was finished by Simon King running in on the left wing to make the score 10-00. From the kickoff Portlaoise attacked and only a great double tackle by Ankers & Kingo stopped a try for Portlaoise under the posts. Shortly before half time after strong pressure Portlaoise scored a penalty to make the score at halftime 3 – 10.
The second half was another tight affair. after 20 minutes the Portlaoise right winger made a good break and scored a try in the right corner to tighten up the game to 8-10. Again the game went from end to end before a hard earned penalty by Chris Jebb widened the lead to 8-13 to give Clon a little bit of breathing space. With eight minutes to go Chris launched a beautiful chip to the left wing. Niall Nolan caught the ball near the halfway line and after shaking off one defender, he sprinted up field to score near the corner, Chris guided the conversion over against a big wind to make the score 8-20. The last few minutes saw Portlaoise try hard but the Clon defence held firm to gain valuable league points thus maintaining their position on top of Leinster League 2A. A few hard away games to come but the ball is in Clon’s handS for promotion at end of season.
In the Underage sections the Under 15’s went down narrowly to DSLP by 12-21. The two under 13’s performed very well with a good league win by 67-12 against Barnhall in the league and a 17-17 draw against Wicklow in a Friendly game. The league victory continues the 100% record in the league and with just one game to go they sit on top of their league.
Congrats to the Eight Clon U 15’s who made the North Midlands squad.
Next Sunday sees the Firsts entertain Balbriggan RFC in the first round on the prestigious Provincial Towns Cup. Game kicks off at Gordon Park at 2,30pm with a large crowd expected. This game has the leaders of Division 2A meeting the leaders of Division 2B, So a cracker can be expected.”