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New Ross v Newbridge Match Report   12/11/2017

Sunday was cold but bright in Southknock for the visit of Newbridge who were one place above New Ross at the beginning of this round of Leinster League fixtures. The visitors got off to the better start converting a penalty with barely 4 minutes on the clock. Two minutes later, Newbridge had an opportunity to double their lead but were well wide from the tee before having a third penalty awarded another 3 minutes later but this time elected to kick for touch.

 These kicks might have changed the direction of what ultimately transpired as Newbridge flashed the ball around the backs for the next 15 minutes but were unable to make any meaningful inroads through the confident Ross defense. Indeed, the remainder of the first half was devoid of any significant developments until the 38th minute when good work by the Ross forwards delivered the quick ball the backs were craving and Eanna Burke sliced back against the grain to go over unopposed under the posts. Barry Walsh added the additional points leaving the score at the break 7 3 to the Barrowsiders.

 The second half resumed with Rory Browne scoring his first ever first team try in the 44th minute after a good lineout take from Tim Coughlan and a solid driving maul involving the entire pack with Barry Walsh again adding the conversion. With Ross now getting stronger, dominating the scrum and more confident about moving the ball around, the next period was characterised by big carries from James Ryan and Kyle Roche with Mick Malone and David Crowdle putting huge pressure on the centre of the Newbridge defense.

 In the 57th minute, Ross scored the a Barbarians type try after a great lineout steal on the Newbridge ten metre line with smart passing from Barry Walsh to Kevin Burke who sucked the Newbridge defense infield before placing a chip ahead which popped up beautifully to brother, Eanna who pop passed for the onrushing Dean Prendergast to dot down in the left corner. At this stage, Ross could see opportunities to secure the try bonus point and went seriously in search of it. Several opportunities were created until Kevin Burke demonstrated great vision and skill to place a cross-field kick just in behind the Newbridge fullback who butchered the take and dropped the ball behind his own line for Sean Crowdle to secure the bonus point and a final scoreline of 24 3.

 All in all, this was an extremely solid display by the men in red with no signs of the missed tackles of the previous week. Defense was absolutely unbreachable being led by massive tackles from David Crowdle, Mick Malone, Shane Roche and Kyle Roche. The carrying ability of James Ryan and Kyle Roche punched huge holes as they managed to get well over the gain line on every occasion while Tim Coughlan was imperious at lineout adding a couple of steals to his own 100% record on the day. With so many man of the match contenders and great performances all round, this week's choic was especially difficult but the decision has gone to Kyle Roche.





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