1st lose 12-27 at home to Enniscorthy in Round Robin Match 1

When you play the champions of the Leinster Qualifying league you know it will be a tough one.

So it proved to be today in the sunshine at Shawsbridge.

Instonians played with their normal pack, they also welcomed back Matt Kilpatrick into the centre with young player of the future Bradley McNamara having his debut at 15.

From the beginning Enniscorthy showed why they were Leinster Champions, strong defence and dangerous with the ball in hand.

First score went to Enniscorthy when their outhalf Ivan Poole chipped over the rushing Instonians defence, for centre Richard Dunne to collect and score the first of his trys. Converted by outhalf Ivan Poole.

Instonians 0      Enniscorthy 7

It was all Enniscorthy in the early stages, but a knock on led to the games first scrum. As we are used to, pressure by the Instonians pack led to a penalty. The kick to the corner gave Instonians their first lineout and driving maul. However the maul was disrupted by Enniscorthy and the scoring chance lost.

Eventually play gave Enniscorthy their first line out in the Instonians 22. From this Enniscorthy were efficient, lineout won, moved out the backsfor centre Richard Dunne to loop round and score his 2nd try. Converted by outhalf Ivan Poole.

Instonians 0      Enniscorthy 14

Instonians then got their hand on the ball, Matt Kilpatrick made a great break but a loose pass went to ground. A penalty allowed Enniscorthy to clear their lines.

From an Instonians attack the ball broke free and Enniscorthy counter attacked and scored out wide. This time winger Ivan Jacob finished off. Apparently he has scored in every game this season!! Converted by outhalf Ivan Poole.

Instonians 0      Enniscorthy 21

From another Enniscorthy counter attack, Instonians scramble defence seemed to have halted it. However offside in the centre allowed the simplest penalty to Enniscorthy. Slotted by outhalf Ivan Poole.

Instonians 0      Enniscorthy 24

Half Time blew. It was going to be hard to drag back this Enniscorthy 24 point lead!!

Enniscorthy flyer no 14 nearly ran the length of the pitch, but it was all called back for Instonians penalty in the Enniscorthy 22.

Instonians came to life. Kick to corner, maul, phases and ball out to the backs for fullback Bradley McNamara to get his debut try. Converted by Instonians outhalf Richard McCarthy.

Instonians 7      Enniscorthy 24

This was a much tighter second half with Instonians showing why they were the Ulster Qualifying League Champions.

Instonians were now applying the pressure, kicking to the corner and using their maul. However Enniscorthy had done their homework and on many occasions spoiled the Instonians maul.

At the scrum Instonians were dominating but in a strange way this went against us. Repeated penalties led to the Enniscorthy prop being yellow carded. Enniscorthy had lost a prop due to injury in the first half, so during this yellow card time it was “uncontested scrums” and Instonians lost this big advantage.

Enniscorthy managed to get play into the Instonians 22 where they were penalised and the kick was slotted by their outhalf Ivan Poole..

Instonians 7      Enniscorthy 27

Instonians did not give up, however small mistakes cost them.

Finally good phases led to a try out wide by winger Ross O’Donnell. Kick missed.

Instonians 12     Enniscorthy 27

Although Instonians had more chances, the Enniscorthy defence held out and the whistle blew.

Full time

Instonians 12     Enniscorthy 27

Well done to Enniscorthy who over the 80 minutes deserved their win.

All is still to play for:

Win away to Connemara on sat 6th April could mean that winner if the match at home to Munster champions Clonmel on 13th April  could lead to the playoff door to enter the All Ireland League!!

The season has still a lot to offer!!

Team 1 to 20: John Andress, Conor Gallagher, Alan Whitten, James Martin, Erin Wagner, Cameron Barr, Mark Mairs, Massimo Kiri Kiri, Paul Marshal, Richard McCarthy, Ross O’Donnell, David Scott (Captain), Matt Kilpatrick, Colm Cregan, Bradley McNamara, Johnny Mooney, Josh Cregan, Tom Matthews, David McGovern, Donal Maloney.

Rest of the season and the Round Robin for Promotion to the All Ireland League

Some good details about the Round Robin

https://www.irishrugby.ie/video/connemara-battle-hardened-for-all-ireland-league-qualifiers/ 

Date

1st XV

6th Apr

RR 2 - Connacht Champions Connemara (A)

13th Apr

RR 3 - Munster Champions Clonmel (H)

20th Apr

Easter

22nd Apr (Mon)

Easter Mon Instonians U20s Tournament

27th Apr

RR PO