Thomond beaten by seasiders
Posted by Kinsale RFC on Monday 5 April 2010
Easter offerings at Snugmore as Kinsale took on the side with pedigree and stature in the guise of Limerick side Thomond in the junior two plate. Kinsale of late have been playing a nice brand of footie and using the full width of the paddock has put up some impressive scores against Bandon and Muskerry. Thomond advanced to the ¼ finals through a walkover from Tralee and were fairly confident of putting another win under their belts down in Kinsale. Kick off at two thirty and Kinsale opted to play down towards the tennis end of the grounds. In the opening exchanges Kinsale pressed Thomond hard for any openings and through narrow channel attack found some space to get in behind the oppositions defence. Kinsale should have with their dominance put a few scores up with Colm McCarthy and Andrew Lynch both fielding and returning cleared ball with interest only for some last ditched tackling close to Thomond’s five metre line stopping the home side from taking the lead. With fifteen minutes into the game Thomond injected some real pace with South African born wing Fernando causing huge problems through his open field running and combining with his loose forwards the visitors were awarded a penalty opportunity on Kinsale’s twenty two metre line which they duly converted a penalty given for tackler not rolling away from the contact area. A yellow card shown to second row Barry McQuaid for not rolling quickly enough was harsh but the ref had warned both sides he wanted fast plays and didn’t want to be bogged down at the break down contest too much. Kinsale pressed hard and the game closed in on itself with both packs trying to get a dominance and mental edge coming into the second period, line outs, scrums and mauls were the main targets with both teams probing their opposition’s fringe defences. Going into the break Thomond had the slim advantage of a three point margin. Coming out for the second period each and every Kinsale player believed they had yet to get into third gear and knowing this had a self belief they could go on and win this game today. Within five minutes Kinsale had been awarded a simple penalty from just wide right of the upright inside Thomond’s twenty two which out half Peter Murphy converted tying the scores. Kinsale began to up the tempo and using a combination of fast paced back row forwards hitting direct channels and quick ruck release from dummy half Ben Alary gaps appeared for the home team. On one such occasion number eight Tadgh Wright took a ball from the base of a scrum, and using his pace attacked their ten channel a fast clearout from fellow back rowers Shane O’Regan and Barry Wright cleared the ball for the dummy half to release Peter Murphy who gave a beauty miss pass to Edouard Le Maire advancing to the contact area slipped a classy inside ball to Frazier Hodgson who then ran fifty metres to touch down in the corner. Thomond a little shell shocked conceded another minutes later from a scrum turn over and a ball being fed to Hodgson who scored under the post and converted by Murphy, this score was attributed to the massive effort by stalwarts Pat O’Regan, John Sullivan and Eddie Farren front row and the engine room of Barry McQuaid and fellow second row David Cowhig. Thomond response was quick from the kick off they turn over Kinsale and with two extremely quick rucks had got their ten to get under the posts leaving the scores 15-10 with fifteen to play. The game had become very open and a number of changes from both teams had a bearing on this. With minutes left Kinsale were deep in Thomond’s half a line out taken by McQuaid and down feed to Farren in the rolling maul and when the ref asked for the ball to be used Farren peeled and made ten yards being stopped inside the opposition twenty two, fast ruck and a flat pass to Murphy hitting direct combining with outside centre La Maire touching down under the post 22-10. Frantic play resulted and Thomond finally finished the scoring sequence from very good open field running leaving the final score 22- 15.