Clondalkin cut loose in the second half to put New Ross to the sword, running out comfortable 29-0 winners, snatching the full five points right at the end.

The first half was played in terrible conditions, Clondalkin were playing into a very strong breeze and driving rain.

They had the lion share of the possession with New Ross only getting into their half once where they earned a penalty but their shot at goal was wide.

Chris Jebb kicked them into a 3-0 lead with a penalty from midway into New Ross’s half.
They spurned a number of try scoring opportunity with some handling errors, not helped by the wet conditions.

The weather cleared in the second half which helped the hosts greatly and, like in the first half, they were camped in New Ross’ half.

Ten minutes into the second half, winger Niall Nolan received a yellow card. This, however, did not halt their assault on New Ross’ goal line with Matt Stapleton finishing a wonderful move to score a try under the posts, converted by Jebb.

Nolan returned to the field having served his 10 minutes to finish brilliantly in the corner for Clondalkin’s second try, converted by Jebb once more for 17-0.

Following some excellent phase play and patient build up from the forwards, Eoghan Farrell powered over from close range for a third try.

With only two minutes left, Jebb quickly drop-kicked the conversion as not to waste any time. He narrowly missed but it offered time for one last attack and the chance at a try-scoring bonus.

The resulting restart was gathered superbly by a diving Marcus Doyle, the ball was recycled and Darren Madden made a line break and ran 50 yards only to be tackled by the New Ross full-back.

Madden offloaded and his side kept the ball alive and following some excellent handling, Simon King scored in the corner to give a fourth and bonus try.

The full five points sees Clon stay in second place, three points off leaders Newbridge and one points clear of Wexford Wanderers.

They meet strugglers Railway Union at Park Avenue on Saturday in their last game in the first series of matches before starting the rematches a week later against Cill Dara.