Leinster League Division 1B
WITH the first round of the Provincial Towns Cup only a few weeks away on 1 March, Carlow’s rugby team is experiencing a worryingly poor run of form.
At the weekend the Barrowsiders travelled to Dublin to take on runaway table toppers Monkstown. Carlow were short a number of regulars but that was not sufficient explanation for the 52-0 thrashing.
Facing a strong breeze in the first half Carlow were quite competitive but they still leaked four tries which gave the hosts a rather flattering 26-0 half-time lead.
With the wind behind their team after the break, Carlow supporters were hopeful of a fight back.
For a while this looked possible. The visitors were doing well in the lineouts but scrums were in chaos with the loss of tight head prop Ross Byrne.
Ross Elmes had made a number of breaks from number 8. Shirley and Challe were securing lineout ball and the Edgehill brothers were tackling allcomers . But 16 minutes into the half, Monkstown centre Mickey McDermott intercepted on his own 22 and ran all the way to the Carlow posts.
This seemed to unnerve Carlow. Instead of using the wind to gain advantage Carlow began running the ball almost from their own line. Almost inevitably balls were dropped and there were more intercepts leading to three late Monkstown tries, two of which were converted.
The coaches and management will be hoping that the Oak Park side will have offloaded all the gremlins and left them in Monkstown.
Carlow: Peter Hennessey, Sam Cullen, Daithi Murphy, Richard Whyte, Calum Murphy, John Whyte, Jeff McDermott, Larry McGrath, Evan Gordon, Ross Byrne, Wes Shirley, Thomas Whitney, Rhys Edgehill, Jack Hickey, Ross Elmes. Subs: Owen Edgehill, John Lyons, Martin Mullins, Harry Hennessey, Chris Challe, Sam Dunne.