Clonettes January bonus

by Gazette Reporter

CLONDALKIN’S women rose off the foot of the Leinster AIL qualifier league Division 1 with an important 27-12 over New Ross at Gordon Park on an ideal day for rugby.
They got off to a great start as early pressure yielded a penalty for handling in the ruck and out-half Gael Stowe successfully converted with the aid of the right upright and the crossbar.
Both sides duly settled into an excellent, tough contest, trying to break through each other’s defence. The first success fell to New Ross who scored just to the left of the Clondalkin posts with the conversion also being successful.
This goaded the Clonettes into extra effort and, following a well-worked move, scrumhalf Brid Holohan touched down near the left corner flag on 35 minutes which put her side back into the lead.
Once again, the response was swift and it did not take long for New Ross to work their way back down the pitch. After a series of penalties, a quick tap allowed them to touch down to the right of the posts, helping them into a 12-8 lead at the break.
It proved the Wexford side’s last score, though, as Clondalkin stepped up a gear.
Making their way into the opponents half through the hard work of the forwards, the ball was worked out to the left wing, Jenny Hunt. From the 10-metre line, she had a lot to do but purposefully made her way to touch down in the left corner for her first try for the club.
Further reward came 20 minutes into the second half when second centre Aine Heffernan collected the ball just on the half way line.
Straightening her run, she sped towards the New Ross line only to be tackled just short but she had the presence of mind to turn on the ground and reach over the line to touch down for a try – also her first for Clondalkin. Stowe was successful with the conversion.
Stowe subsequently killed off the game when she cut through the New Ross defense from all of 40 metres and, despite some close attention, touched down for a well-deserved try which she successfully converted.
It ensured a bonus point into the bargain and sets the side up well for their remaining league fixtures.
Their next game is away to Old Belvedere on Sunday, January 24 followed the next Sunday by the final league home game against Edenderry.

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