Clon’s revenge mission

by Gazette Reporter

CLONDALKIN Rugby Club’s first team made up for the disappointment of losing their relegation playoff match to Wicklow last week to run up a convincing 59-8 victory over Roscrea in the Towns Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
The result sets up an enticing repeat fixture against Wicklow in the semi in two weeks time, moving the Gordon Park club to a first ever final in the competition.
Captain Brian said of the performance that he was impressed with how his side bounced back despite the tough times of late.
“Last week was a disappointing day for the club and I’m delighted with the way the boys responded. We have two weeks to prepare for Wicklow and will be intent on getting to the clubs first ever Towns Cup final.”
The scoreline somewhat takes away from the effort put in by Roscrea who, in fact, were first to cross the try line after some nice interplay between their backs and forwards.
This score shocked Doyle’s men into action and a wonderful Chris Jebb touch finder was touched by the defending winger as it crossed the line five metres out. Quick thinking Thomas Ankers, retrieved the ball and threw a quick lineout to Paul Nolan who barged over for the first try.
Clon were starting to find their groove and the centre combination of Matt Stapleton and Barry Mulloy were getting beyond the first tackler every time they carried the ball.
Stapleton, son of the club’s legendary Eamonn, is proving to be cut from the same cloth as he was up and running before the physio could get on to the field. A quick show and go from scrum-half Colm Quinn allowed him power over and put Clondalkin into the lead.
After both sides suffered sin-binnings, Jebb powered over for the third try and it was soon followed by another. Colm Quinn made a half break and a fine offload to Jebb as he went to ground allowed the backline to move the ball wide to the opposite wing before Dave Gaule carried into the opponents 22 with Quinn eventually crossing for his second of the day.
Simon King went over unchallenged from five metres out while man of the match Niall Finlay added another as Clondalkin stretched their legs.
King fended off three defenders on his way over the line for another before Matt Stapleton completed the rout.
The game gave much needed confidence to the team ahead of their upcoming semi-final with Finlay’s all action style, Jebb’s faultless display with the boot from hand and the tee and Ankers ongoing development a feature.

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