TULLOW stretched their lead at the top of their division to 11 points on Sunday with a mucky win over Wicklow at the black gates.
A try by Sean McCarthy mid way through the first half proved to be the telling score after a clever loop pass by Massey Tuhaks. Tullow went through the hands after a defensive error by Brian Quinn handed possession to the home team and with McCarthy set on the wing ready to pounce with acres of space in front of him there was only going to be one result and that was a fine try.
William Canavan missed the conversion but kicking was the most difficult skill to master on a day when only the sport of rugby could be played.
Tullow had to spend large parts of the half on their own side but they had the ball for most of that time as they continued to try and break the Wicklow line. Their plentiful possession however went against them when they were penalised and Ben Porter thumped over the spot kick despite the terrible conditions underfoot.
It would be the last successful kick of the entire game though as Wicklow would go on to miss three penalties and a drop at goal in the second half. Elsewhere Canavan was having a similar day from placed kicks but his opportunities were limited.
It was even Stephen for the majority of the game until Wicklow came to life and in truth should have stolen a victory but for their missed opportunities. Good work from Brian Quinn and Barry Hurrell saw Wicklow force themselves up as far as the Tullow try line but Trojan defensive work from Louis Kilcoyne and John Roche saw the Tullow men hold on. Tullow: William Hollow O'Brien, Rob Porter, John Roche, Niall Keane, Stephen Smith, Scott Caldbeck, Sam Corrigan, Alan Burns, Kieaho Bloomfield, Willam Canavan, Massey Tuhaks, Tony Bolger, Daniel O'Brien, William Cas O'Brien, Sean McCarthy. Reps: Louis Kilcoyne for Corrigan, Joey O'Connor for Alan Burns, Paul Canavan for Daniel O'Brien, John Fitzgerald for Stephen Smith.