First XV v Nenagh Match Report
Updated: Jan 25
AIL 2A Round 11
vs Nenagh Ormond
New Ormond Park
It is hard to believe that the last time our Men’s 1st XV played at New Ormond Park was over four years ago, in October 2018.
The world was a different place back then, however one thing that has remained the same is the warm hospitality in Nenagh.
After meeting some familiar faces at lunch we made our way to the sidelines.
When Rock visit, it appears to be the only show in town.
A large crowd filled the stand. Supporters were two and three deep all along the clubhouse side of the ground.
Late changes for Rock saw Captain Liam McMahon and Joe Byrne out. Stephen Judge and Andrew Savage were promoted to the starting XV, with Spencer O’Hara and John Kirby coming onto the bench.
Nenagh got the game underway.
A decent wind swept down the pitch behind the home team for the first half.
The early exchanges were evenly contested as both teams tried to get a foothold in the game.
A penalty on nine minutes saw Nenagh on the scoreboard.
3 : 0
On fifteen minutes our full back, Cokes, was taken out in the air. However, the touch judge had seen something beforehand and alerted the ref., who reversed the penalty, giving Nenagh a line out at our 5 metre line.
They got a rolling maul going, but our defence held up well and their attack was stalled.
A Rock scrum 10 metres inside our own half on twenty eight minutes led to what must be a contender for Try of the season.
Lightening fast hands and superb running from our backs saw 10 passes, 60 metres gained and not a single ruck as Peter ‘Kicker’ Quirke dotted down for the first Try of the afternoon.
Try scorer then turned Kicker as Quirkie lined up the conversion attempt, which the wind dragged wide.
3 : 5
Only three minutes later we had an attacking line out 10 metres from the Nenagh line. A great take saw us quickly set up a rolling maul which Stephen Judge scored off the back of.
The conversion attempt from the side line just missed.
3 : 10
Five minutes before the break, Nenagh scored a converted Try.
They had a scum 10 metres out from our line and gained early momentum to push us back to score.
10 : 10
The wind had died down as we kicked off the second half.
For the first fifteen minutes most of the play was in the middle third of the field with neither side making much headway.
A Nenagh penalty on sixty five minutes put them into the lead.
13 : 10
With a couple of minutes left, Nenagh made a break up the middle of the field.
Forwards and backs combined and they scored a converted Try.
We had chances in this match and it was a lot closer than the 10 point margin suggests.
Our replacements did well considering they came in so late and it’s all to play for as we move toward the final third of the season.
20 : 10
A second loss in seven days sees us drop to third in the league on 36 points.
Leaders Queens, on 44 points after a win in Cashel, break clear by seven points over MU Barnhall (37) in second. Cashel are in fourth place (35). Only four points separate second place from fifth - Nenagh Ormond (33).
Next up for us are UL Bohs in Stradbrook on Saturday. We’ll be looking for our first win of the New Year to get back to winning ways. We ask all supporters to drop down and get behind the lads as it does make a big difference.
MU Barnhall travel to Navan. Cashel make the short trip to Old Crescent and Nenagh travel to Queens, where they will be looking to do the double over the league leaders, having taken the spoils on Queens’ visit to New Ormond Park back in November.
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