Ruthless Wesley show gap in quality over 2B’s ’Stones

by Gazette Reporter
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Old Wesley showed up the divisional gaps between the sides as they led from start to finish to win Division 2 of the Leinster Senior League at Energia Park, winning out 41-5.

For Greystones, it was a tough outing against a side who play their All-Ireland League rugby two divisions higher in Division 1B.

Right from the kick off the action was in the Greystones half and in the opening play Tommy O’Callaghan was nearly in for a try following a deft chip ahead, only to be dragged into touch short of the line by a defender.

But shortly after from a line out, the ball was swung out the Wesley back line where Tom Kiersey exposed a weakness in the opposition defence to run in for a try under the posts. Rory Stynes converted.

It was nearly 10 minutes into the game before Greystones got any foothold in the Wesley half but solid defence ensured that the scoreboard was not affected.

Wesley were once again asking questions and, following some good carries and a neat offload by Darren Horan, JJ O’Dea found himself in the clear to trot in from 20 metres out for the second try. Stynes again converted.

Good handling saw captain Paul Harte look to be clear for a third try only to lose control of the ball. Greystones eventually had a scoring opportunity with a penalty 35 metres out, but the kick was pushed wide.

Then, just short of half time, Paul Derham found himself with some open space. He made good ground before passing to winger O’Callaghan who made further yardage before offloading to James O’Donovan who dotted down in the corner.

Half time and Old Wesley held a comfortable 19-0 lead. And they continued that dominance into the second half when Stynes converted a short-range penalty and a break by the elusive Josh Miller had Wesley back up to the Greystones 22.

He passed to Harte who, still with some work to do, finished off the move with a try near the corner.

Greystones were trying hard with limited possession but once the home side regained possession they were lethal with strong carried from far out.

A turnover near halfway line saw Charlie O’Regan make a probing run down the blind side before passing to Conor Barry who crossed with ease to score under the posts.

The Wicklow men did however score a consolation try following some good carries following a scrum and penalty, which they wisely opted to run, with Killian Marmion claiming the honours.

Approaching full time, Stones threw caution to the wind with long passes near their own line, but an intercept by Miller allowed him to stroll in for the last score of the match.

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