WICKLOW RFC 35 CARLOW RFC 0
CARLOW had their fifth straight loss in the Leinster League on Sunday losing 35-0 against Wicklow in Wicklow.
Three late Wicklow tries gave the scoreline a lopsided look that did not reflect the effort put in by the Carlow players. In particular the captain Barry Waddock, operating at number 8, gave his all. Carlow made plenty of incursions into the opposition 22 but a penalty count of 16-3 against Carlow, some of which were hard to fathom, had them back pedalling for much of the match.
The score at half time was 5-0 to Wicklow after a couple of missed tackles allowed in a try out wide. Carlow did have opportunities for tries in the first half but spilled the final pass.
Two early penalties and a converted try early in the second half got Wicklow into an unassailable 18-0 lead.
To their credit Carlow kept trying but the penalty count wore them down. Three late tries from Wicklow, two of them converted gave them the bonus win. Carlow has still to register their first League table point. In contrast the Carlow Ladies Coyotes team continue to win beating Enniscorthy 46 to nil at the weekend
Next week's Carlow J1 Leinster League game is against near neighbours and arch rivals Tullow. The match is scheduled to take place under lights at Oakpark at 7pm in Oakpark. Tullow, currently runaway league leaders will come confident of reversing the two losses suffered against Carlow in last season's derby games.
Team J1: Barry Purcell, James Nolan, James Waddock, Martin O'Neill, Jeff McDermott, Richard Whyte, Mark Elmes, Larry McGrath, John Farrell, John Lyons, Wes Shirley, Peter Rogers, Ed Keating, Barry Waddock, Joe O'Gorman. Subs used Gordon Rowe, Thomas Whitney