Friday 15 December 2017

Front-rows stars of show as Carlow turn screw to avenge New Ross defeat

Larry McGrath was one of Carlow's try scorers
Larry McGrath was one of Carlow's try scorers

In their Leinster League game in New Ross on Sunday, Carlow gained a bonus point 38-17 win , avenging a loss to the same opposition four weeks back.

From the off on Sunday it was obvious that Carlow had the upper hand in the pack, with the Byrne brothers Alan and Ross outstanding alongside Larry McGrath in the front row.

This translated into an early penalty try which was followed by James 'Puddy' Nolan darting in for the second try. Both tries were converted by centre Jeff McDermott who also succeeded with three penalties giving Carlow a 23-7 lead at half-time.

New Ross' try resulted from a penalty attempt that bounced back off the posts.

The hosts hit back with a converted try to get within nine points and the Carlow supporters feared that a New Ross double was on the cards.

However, the Carlow forwards resumed their supremacy. Conal Slater, introduced from the bench, added extra surge, leading to props McGrath and Alan Byrne squeezing in for two late tries.

This gave Carlow a bonus point win which should boost the confidence of this young side.

Carlow J1 team: Peter Hennessey, Mark Elmes, Jeff McDermott, Harry Hennessey, Conor Fennell, Fionnan Burke, John Whyte, Larry McGrath, Ross Byrne, Alan Byrne, John Lyons, Thomas Whitney, Niall Bermingham, James Nolan, Thomas Ratahai. Reps: Simon Walshe, Conal Slater, Chris Challe, Mark Furey

Meanwhile in the J2 game the Carlow J2 side also got a bonus point victory in New Ross, winning 31-14.

They scored five tries, three of which were converted by out-half and captain Tom Bolger.

The tries were scored one each from Bolger himself along with Tim O'Donohoe, Eoin Rea, Keelan Power and Mark Furey, playing in his first game of the season.

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