Leinster League Division 1B
JUST as it looked like Tullow might snatch victory, or at least a draw, from the jaws of defeat, they were left heartbroken at the death in Sunday’s Leinster League game away to Boyne.
Having come from 19-0 down at half-time, they bounced back to level it 19-19 with just minutes on the clock, knowing that one mistake would cost them dearly.
And that’s exactly what happened. They conceded a late penalty, which was easily converted by Boyne to leave their promotion hopes hanging by a thread.
Boyne were quickest out of the blocks and within five minutes of the start, they touched down under to the posts for an early 7-0 advantage. Tullow were playing into a strong wind and they were struggling to maintain any possession. Boyne continued to pressure the Tullow line and were rewarded on 24 minutes with another try, the conversion missed.
Tullow started to get a foothold in the game but some errors in the final third were costly and Boyne cleared their lines. Boyne continued to play good rugby and scored a third try on the half-hour mark, converted this time to give the home team what seemed like an unassailable lead. This spurred the Tullow team into action but after sustained pressure they knocked on at the tryline.
Tullow started the second half strongly and with the strong wind at their backs, they took the game to Boyne and had a try on the board within five minutes to bring the score back to 19-5. Tullow were starting to dominate at this stage and further pressure brought a second try 12 minutes in, close to the posts, this time converted by Paul Canavan to cut the Boyne lead to seven points. Tullow were in the ascendency and continued to pressure and approaching full time were rewarded with a third try, converted by Paul Canavan to level the game. But Boyne weren’t finished and a break into Tullow territory yielded a penalty in front of the posts to give the hosts a 22-19 victory.
Tullow host Clondalkin at the Black Gates next Sunday at 3pm.
Tullow: Philip Deane, Ryan O’Neill, Mavae Muru Teutau, Shane Rohan, Paul Canavan, Dylan Leybourne, Scott Caldback, Aaron O’Byrne, Tom Cashin, Jack McDonald, Martin Cole, John Hanbidge, Kyle Hanbidge, Stephen Smith. Subs: Sam Corrigan, Louis Kilcoyne, James O’Brien, Sean Doyle