League leaders Ross lose in Mullingar
Mullingar 35 New Ross 7
The old adage that a week is a long time in politics applies to sport also, as discovered by New Ross after making the long journey to Mullingar on Sunday.
After the bonus point victory over Portarlington one week earlier, the early league leaders travelled with hopes of maintaining the early pressure.
With New Ross playing with a strong wind and the defence performing particularly well, the first-half proved point-less, ending as it began with no pressure on the scoreboard.
However, this all changed within two minutes of the resumption after sloppy tackling allowed the home side to score under the posts.
Ross responded quickly when Tim Coughlan stole line-out ball to set up strong centre running, and Seán Crowdle crossed for the visitors' opening points. Barry Walsh added the extras from the kicking tee.
At 55 minutes Mullingar added their second try and some five minutes later, they stretched their lead to 21-7.
This was followed by a lucky piece of handling which led to the four-try bonus point for Mullingar.
With the wind increasing in intensity, Ross doggedly stuck to their task and exerted huge pressure on the Mullingar line before the home side scored again from a breakaway try.
With the final score at 35-7, Ross will be looking forward to a weekend off before their next home fixture versus Cill Dara on October 15.
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