Newbridge 8 Portarlington 8
This final Leinster League match was vital to both sides. Played under lights in Rosetown on Tuesday 14th March, it was the Portarlington forwards who displayed more drive and conviction throughout while Newbridge gave of their best. Scoring a penalty and a try each it was total commitment to the very end.
Portarlington started well and scored a penalty from 30 yards out in front of the posts in the 5th minute. Their rucking and ball retention saw them come close to scoring a try in this phase. Newbridge got into the game and fullback Donal Cashman scored a penalty from 30 yards out in the 12th minute. Portarlington had a glaring miss from in front of the posts on the 22 metre line in the 26th minute while Cashman was wide with a long-range penalty in the 32nd minute. Following a penetrative run from the Portarlington centre he got over in the corner right on half time to leave the score at the bear Newbridge 3 points Portarlington 8.
A further penalty miss from Portarlington came in the 42nd minute before Newbridge prop Aidan Healy was sin binned in the 47th minute. Newbridge withstood the 10 minutes well conceding no points. Portarlington had their wing forward sin binned in the 60th minute. It was now all Newbridge pressure and a beautiful cross field kick by outhalf Ronan Skehan saw winger David Hogan latch on to the ball to score a fine try. Unfortunately Donal Cashman failed with the conversion. Portarlington had most of the pressure in the final 5 minutes to see them finish with the draw and, importantly for them, above Newbridge on League points. Best for Newbridge were Niall O’Connor at wing forward while Denis Clarke and David Hogan were the best of the backs. Newbridge will finish 7th and Portarlington 6th in Division 2A of the Leinster League. Newbridge will now have to play off against the second team from Division 2B to avoid the drop to 2B.
Newbridge :- Pat Lawlor, Niall Duggan, Patrick Commane, Rory McCann, Keith Moran, Niall O’Connor, Wesley Cuffe, Ronan Mangan Capt), Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Denis O’Callaghan, Denis Clarke, Dave Hogan, Donal Cashman. Subs: Alan O’Connor, Aidan Healy, Mark Doyle, Conor Dolan, Billy Delaney.
Newbridge RFC held their End of Season Awards Night on Saturday 20th May hosted by Bru House Newbridge. A great night was had by all attending. Many thanks to our host Bru House Newbridge and to our club organisers lead by Barry McCann. Congratulations to this season's award winners :-
1st Team Captain - Cormac Nugent
1st Team Player of the Year - Ronan Mangan
1st Team Best Newcomer - Oisin Howell
2nd Team Captain - Killian O'Hagan
2nd Team Player of the Year - Alan O'Connor
2nd Team Most Improved Player - Stuart Kehoe
Newbridge 2nd XV 46 Co Carlow 2nd XV 59
On Wednesday 12th April Newbridge 2nd XV played their postponed Leinster Seconds League (J2) Division 2A match under lights in Rosetown against champions-elect Co Carlow. The match had been postponed during March due to a waterlogged pitch. In a great pulsating game of rugby, Co Carlow finally won by 59 pts to 46. Congratulations to Co Carlow who proved to be very worthy champions. However Newbridge played a significant role in making this an entertaining evening's rugby by playing some of their best running rugby this season. There was a senior debut for Newbridge's Brendan Commane who joined his older brother Paddy on the field of play. Many Newbridge players performed very well including Mark Doyle, Alan Smith, Paidi Davies, Gary McGuire and Stephen Rigney. Special thanks to Killian O'Hagan, Dave O'Sullivan and team captain Alan O'Connor for all their work with the 2nd XV during the past season. There are many positives to take into next season.
WELL DONE and THANK YOU !!
Newbridge 19 Cill Dara 17
Played in Rosetown on Saturday evening 14th January this was the local derby which had all the attributes of rivalry at its best. The much improved Newbridge, who were second from the bottom of the Leinster League Division 2A, took the honours from the League leaders which ended in a resounding victory. It was Newbridge who proved to be the fitter team as they came from behind with 66 minutes gone to overhaul Cill Dara with 2 well taken tries. Newbridge scored 3 tries with two converted against Cill Dara’s 3 tries with one converted.
There were several injuries to both sides with Newbridge captain Ronan Mangan at No.8 suffering a muscular injury and more seriously Cill Dara’s outhalf Conor Quinlan being stretchered off after a leg injury with only 15 minutes gone. The match was full of incidents and saw 3 players from each side yellow carded during the game.
Newbridge opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a well taken try from man of the match and right winger Dave Hogan. It was converted by Donal Cashman. After Newbridge second row Oisin Howell was yellow carded in the 17th minute Cill Dara scrum half Sean Moore scored a good try in the corner after a lot of forward pressure. In the 25th minute Cill Dara No8 John Joe McIlwaine got over the line for a try which was converted by substitute outhalf Paddy Behan. Newbridge introduced Mark Doyle for Ciaran O’Rourke in the 30th minute while Ciaran Duignan substituted for the injured Ronan Mangan. An attempted quick tap from a penalty saw Newbridge knock on only for Cill Dara winger Ivan Brady to get over in the corner to leave it at 7 points to 17 for Cill Dara at the break.
Stephen Cooke and Gary Maguire came on in the backs for Newbridge as the game switched from end to end as Cill Dara sought the bonus try. However, this was the period that Newbridge stepped up their performance. Mark Delaney at scrum half got over for a try after good pressure close to the Cill Dara line. It was all Newbridge pressure now in the pack as they drove the scrums. After a prolonged period near the Cill Dara goal line second row Rory McCann got over near the posts in the 77th minute to level the match. The Newbridge supporters were on edge as Dave Hogan converted the winning kick.
Best for Cill Dara were Damien Broughall at wing forward while Colm Gorey at No4 did well in the lineout. In the backs veteran Paddy Behan at outhalf had a good game. For Newbridge it was Mark Doyle who took the game to the opposition on several occasions while second row Rory McCann held the pack together. In the backs outhalf Ronan Skehan was solid throughout while Dave Hogan on the right wing had a very powerful and inventive match.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Pat Commane, Niall Duggan, Aidan Healy, Ciaran O’Rourke, Oisin Howell, Rory McCann, Niall O’Connor, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Donal Cashman, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, Dave Hogan, Conor Dolan. Subs: Mark Doyle, Ciaran Duignan, Stephen Cooke, Gary Maguire.
Photographs courtesy of Eamon
Newbridge 29 Midland Warriors 3
Played under lights in Rosetown on Saturday 18th February, this was a match full of open rugby as both sides attempted to run the ball at every opportunity. Both sides were very determined but it was Newbridge who excelled with their fast pace, superior lineout and scrummaging ability. Newbridge won by five tries, two of which were converted, to Midland Warriors single penalty.
Midland Warriors were on top in the scrums early on and displayed their
good coaching. They were rewarded in the 22nd minute with a penalty
from close in to the posts. Their lead, however, was short lived as No8
Mark Doyle charged over for a try in the 25th minute which was converted
by winger Donal Cashman. In the 38th minute hooker Niall Duggan
scrambled over for a try to leave the half time score at 12 points to 3.
Newbridge took the second half by the scruff of the neck as winger Dave
Mullins showed his pace in the 43rd minute to score a try which Liam
McGovern converted. Midland Warriors missed two kickable penalties in
the 47th and 51st minutes. It took until the 78th minute for the home side
to add further to their score when centre Billy Delaney made a superb run
to set up winger Dave Hogan for the score of the game. This was quickly
followed in the 80th minute when Dave Mullins latched onto a precise kick from Donal Cashman to score his second try in the corner.
Best for Newbridge were Aidan Healy at prop, who had his opposite number in trouble throughout, wing forward Wesley Cuffe in the lineout, while Keith Moran was dominant in the loose play. In the backs, Mark Delaney at scrum half had a solid game, as did Billy Delaney at centre, while Dave Hogan on the wing was in flying form.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Aidan Healy, Niall Duggan, Patrick Commane, Richard Berney, Stuart Kehoe, Denis Clarke, Wesley Cuffe, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Conor Dolan, Charles Breslin, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, Dave Hogan, Donal Cashman. Subs: Keith Moran, Mark Doyle, Liam McGovern, Alan O’Connor, Pat Lawlor.
Longford 33 Newbridge 10
On Sunday 22nd January Newbridge travelled to new Leinster League leaders Longford but they proved much too good for a Newbridge side depleted by injuries. Longford were the more clinical team throughout and played good open rugby to clinch the league points and a bonus point. Longford scored 4 tries (2 converted), and 3 penalties to Newbridge’s converted try and a penalty.
Longford opened the scoring after only 3 minutes with a good try. It was followed in the 19th minute with an easy penalty. Longford putting much pressure on the Newbridge side scored another try in the 21st minute. Liam McGovern got a penalty in the 39th minute to leave it at 16 points to 3 at the break.
An injury to Newbridge No.8 Mark Doyle caused further problems for the Newbridge pack. He was replaced by Chris Carroll. Gary Maguire on the wing was also injured and was replaced by Shane Deasy. After the restart Longford got off the mark in the 44th minute with a well taken try followed by another 5 minutes later. Both were converted. In the 58th minute Longford scored a further penalty. Newbridge did finish strongly with a try from second row Rory McCann which was converted by Liam McGovern. Best for Newbridge were Oisin Howell and Keith Moran in the forwards while Mark Delaney at scrum half did well under a lot of pressure.
Newbridge :- Ciaran O’Rourke, Niall Duggan, Aidan Healy, Oisin Howell, Rory McCann, Keith Moran, Mark Doyle, Stephen Rigney, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Gary Maguire, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, Liam McGovern, Conor Dolan. Subs: Chris Carroll, Shane Deasy.
Newbridge 31 Roscrea 20
Played in Rosetown on Sunday 8th January, 2017 this was a game dominated for long periods by Newbridge and in the end their great endeavour and commitment left them well deserving of the points with the bonus. Newbridge scored four tries and a penalty to Roscrea’s two tries and a penalty. Donal Cashman was in outstanding form scoring all his kicks at goal and a try with a total of 16 points for the winners.
From the off it was mainly pressure from Roscrea, who are bottom of the Leinster League Division 2A, which yielded the early scores. A penalty in the 6th minute from the 10 metre line put Roscrea ahead. Conor Dolan at fullback for Newbridge missed an easy penalty kick in the 8th minute. Following a good break from the Roscrea outhalf and the ensuing ruck Roscrea scored a try under the posts to leave it at 10 points to nil after 24 minutes. Cashman playing on the wing took over the kicking and slotted a penalty in the 27th minute. Newbridge finally got on the attack and fullback Dolan was on hand after a series of mauls to get the touchdown in the corner. Cashman converted. Newbridge exerted more pressure now and second row Rory McCann got over in the 38th minute after a few dominant scrums. Cashman converted. Roscrea closed the half with a penalty in the 41st minute to leave it at 17 points to 13 at the break.
Roscrea started the second half with a swift break out from their 22 metre line only to knock on in the last few metres. However, it was Newbridge who continued with their domination. A number of changes saw Ciaran O’Rourke come on for Pat Commane, Mark Doyle for Niall O’Connor and Liam McGovern for Paddy Corbett. These were significant changes as it added further bite to the Newbridge attack. A yellow card in the 55th minute for a Roscrea wing forward saw hooker Niall Duggan get over for the third try which Cashman converted. In the 63rd minute, after a series of good drives from the Newbridge pack, Cashman added the fourth and bonus point try which he converted. In the 79th minute, after a series of scrums near the Newbridge line, Roscrea got over for a consolation score.
Best for Newbridge were Niall Duggan at, Ronan Mangan and Keith Moran in both the lineout and loose play while Mark Doyle took the game to Roscrea at every opportunity. Billy Delaney in the backs together with Liam McGovern on the wing tackled very well.
Next up for Newbridge in the Leinster League are Division 2A leaders, Cill Dara. The match is scheduled to be played in Rosetown on Saturday 14th January with kick off at 7.00pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Pat Commane, Niall Duggan, Aidan Healy, Keith Moran, Rory McCann, Niall O’Connor, Ciaran Dignam, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Donal Cashman, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, Paddy Corbett, Conor Dolan.
On Sunday 4th December in Leinster League Division 2A Newbridge 1st XV suffered the heartache of a narrow one point loss to Railway Union. Played in Rosetown the home side scored a last minute try but the missed conversion left the final score Newbridge 11 pts Railway Union 12. However the loosing bonus point has moved Newbridge off the bottom of the league. Newbridge 2nd XV also lost to Railway Union by 17 pts to 27
Newbridge 11 Railway Union 12
This was a game dominated for long periods by Newbridge but in the end their great endeavour particularly in the pack left them wondering about the result. Newbridge had 2 penalties and an unconverted try to Railway Unions 2 tries of which one was converted. The Newbridge try came near the posts in the last minute of the match, after some terrific forwards pressure, only for the conversion to be missed and for them to lose the critical Leinster League points from a win.
From the off it was mainly pressure from Newbridge that brought about the first penalty in the 7th minute which was converted in front of the posts by fullback Conor Dolan. Newbridge seemed to be unable to turn this possession into any penetrative runs. Dave Hogan on the wing was replaced through injury by Patrick Kavanagh after 25 minutes. During this period of home team dominance Railway Union got two short periods in the Newbridge 22 metre area and on both occasion got over for a try in the 28th and 39th minutes. Dolan added a second penalty for Newbridge on 31 minutes to leave the halftime score 6 points to 12 in the visitor's favour.
The second half was a dogged affair with both sides getting their opportunities but where tackling was at a premium. Pat Commane at prop was replaced by Aidan Healy after 50 minutes. On 57 minutes Dolan was wide with a penalty from 30 metres. As the game wore on it was the fitter Newbridge side who were gaining the upper hand. A mammoth effort from the pack got them near the line on a few occasions near the end of the game. The scrum was dominated throughout the match by the Newbridge forwards. In the 39th minute prop Aidan Healy was on hand to get the touchdown just wide of the posts. The critical kick to win the game was unfortunately missed.
Best for Newbridge were Niall Duggan at hooker, Ronan Mangan and Keith Moran in the lineout while Billy Delaney in the backs played well. Newbridge 2nd XV lost to Railway Union by 17 pts to 27 in their Leinster Seconds League Div 2A match. Newbridge 1st & 2nd XVs meet Edenderry away in the Leinster League next Sunday 11th December. 2nd XV kick off at 12.30pm and the 1st XV at 2.00pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Pat Commane, Niall Duggan, Ciaran O’Rourke, Keith Moran, Oisin Howell, Niall O’Connor, Richard Snell, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Denis O’Callaghan, Billy Delaney, David Mullins, Dave Hogan, Conor Dolan.
Well done to Newbridge RFC players David Hogan, Wesley Cuffe and
Mark Delaney who helped the North Midlands Area defeat Leinster Juniors
in a high scoring friendly played in perfect rugby conditions at Rosetown on
Saturday 22nd April. This is the first of two matches involving the Leinster
Juniors that Newbridge RFC will host in Rosetown on consecutive Saturdays
this April. The final score was NMLBIRFU 43 pts Leinster Juniors 34 and
the three Newbridge representatives all played a big part in the victory.
** Congratulations to Dave Hogan,
Wesley Cuffe & Mark Delaney **
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Newbridge 19 Carlow 29
This was a game where the supporters on both sides were left wondering what was going to happen next. Newbridge, playing their best rugby all season were 19 points to nil up after 48 minutes and yet were to come out on the losing side. Carlow won by five tries with two converted to Newbridge’s 4 penalties and a converted try.
From the start Newbridge forwards were on top in the lineout and in the loose and went 9 points ahead with penalties in the 3rd, 20th minute and 24th minute from the boot of fullback Donal Cashman. The half time score was 9 points to nil. After the Carlow wing forward was yellow carded Newbridge went even further ahead following a good run down the line from winger Liam McGovern whose pass to Cashman saw him over under the posts. Cashman converted. A further penalty from Liam McGovern in the 44th minute saw Newbridge well in control at 19 points to nil.
The Carlow pack came to terms with the lineout and had the push in the scrums. Their first converted try came in the 48th minute. The gold rush for Carlow came with tries in the 53rd minute, the 66th minute the 70th minute and the 75th minute with the last one being converted. Newbridge now must play Portarlington away next Sunday at 3.00pm in what will be the critical match for both teams. Best for Newbridge were Keith Moran in the second row while Denis Clarke in the centre tackled all that was thrown at him.
Newbridge :- Aidan Healy, Niall Duggan, Pat Commane, Richard Berney, Keith Moran, Wesley Cuffe, Niall O’Connor, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Billy Delaney, Denis Clarke, Charlie Breslin, Liam McGovern, Donal Cashman.
On the 29th April Newbridge RFC will be hosting the Junior Inter-Provincial
match between Leinster and Connacht. The match will be played at Rosetown
and is scheduled to kick off at 2.30pm. Leinster are coached by former
Newbridge player and head coach David Mahon. David, currently the head coach
of Division 1A side Monkstown, also helped out with the coaching of our senior
teams this season. Watch out for more information about this important event for
the club closer to the date.
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On Sunday 11th December in Leinster League Division 2A Newbridge 1st XV scored a hard fought away win against Edenderry! The match finished 14pts to 10 with Newbridge outscoring the home side by 2 tries to 1. The club couldn't be prouder of our senior panel as they have battled back from a very challenging first half of the league campaign.
Edenderry 10 Newbridge 14
This was a game dominated by Newbridge particularly in the forwards. Their exertion of pressure in the scrums and their high fielding in the lineouts was key to the match and provided the vital edge for them in the end. Newbridge scored two converted tries to Edenderry’s penalty and a converted try. It was a block down of the Edenderry outhalf’s kick in a key phase of the match, that was gathered and touched down under the posts, that won the game for Newbridge.
From the kick-off, it was pressure from the Newbridge pack that drove
Edenderry team backwards. The pack was dominant in the scrums and
were very driven in the mauls. It was from such a maul that Newbridge
drove Edenderry over their own line for second row Oisin Howell to get
the touchdown in the 8th minute. Outhalf Conor Dolan converted the kick
from way out near the side-line. Robert Browner on the wing was injured
and replaced by Liam McGovern. As the half wore on Edenderry pack
got more into the game and their half backs became dominant with their
kicking. Edenderry scored a penalty from in front of the posts in the 39th
minute. They missed a further kick in the 40th minute but were ahead in
the 4th minute of injury time after they pounced on a poor kick from
scrumhalf Mark Delaney. At the half time Edenderry lead by 10 points to
A late tackle in the 41st minute by Kieran Dignam saw a determined Newbridge side reduced to 14 men for the next 10 minutes. However, they battled well and gave no score away. Edenderry were superior in the loose mauls and rucks and threatened the Newbridge line on a few occasions. With Newbridge’s superior scrum and lineout they persisted to run every ball when kicks beyond the Edenderry defence seemed right on these occasions. Aidan Healy came on as a replacement prop. However, in the 67th minute Denis O’Callaghan managed to blocked down a kick from the Edenderry outhalf. O’Callaghan quickly collected the ball and got over under the posts for the Newbridge try. Dolan converted. Donal Cashman was introduced as a substitute fullback at this stage. Dolan was wide with a long-range penalty kick in the 72nd minute. In the final minutes the Offaly men threw everything at Newbridge who were up to the mark and were not going to be denied the league points.
Best for Newbridge were Ronan Mangan and Keith Moran in the lineout while Rory McCann, Richard Snell and Niall Duggan in the pack were dominant. Denis O’Callaghan at fullback had a good game. Newbridge remain seventh in Division 2A but have closed the gap to the teams ahead. Newbridge’s next Leinster League match is against bottom side Roscrea in Rosetown on Sunday 8th January 2017 with a 2.30 pm kick off
Newbridge 1st XV:- Pat Commane, Niall Duggan, Ciaran O’Rourke, Rory McCann, Oisin Howell, Keith Moran, Richard Snell, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Conor Dolan, Shane Deasy, Billy Delaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Robert Browner, Denis O’Callaghan. Subs – Aidan Healy, Donal Cashman, Liam McGovern, Kieran Dignam.
On Sunday 5th March, after days of continuous rain, in the only surviving Leinster League Division 2A match, Newbridge 1st XV lost at Rosetown to Co Carlow in their penultimate league game. Like many across Leinster the 2nd XV game had earlier been cancelled. Newbridge, playing their best rugby all season were 19 points to nil up after 48 minutes and yet were to come out on the losing side. Co Carlow won by five tries with two converted to Newbridge’s 4 penalties and a converted try. The final score was Newbrisge 19 Co Carlow 29.
Co Carlow move to second in the league equal on points with Longford and Newbridge remain 6th two points ahead of final opponents Portarlington. However both Newbridge and Co Carlow have played one game more. Newbridge must win away to Portarlington to avoid possible relegation. The Leinster Branch have rescheduled the three postponed 1st XV games from Sunday 5th March to next Sunday 12th March with the final round of games moving back a week. However Portarlington have requested a mid-week date for the final crucial league match with Newbridge. This match will now be played on Tuesday 14th March in Rosetown kicking off at 8.00pm - note venue change from Portarlington.
Tullow 60 Newbridge 0
On Sunday 29th January a weakened Newbridge 1st XV travelled to Division
1B leaders Tullow in the 1st round of Leinster's Bank of Ireland Provincial
Towns Cup. Played on a very soggy pitch Tullow dominated the forward
exchanges particularly at lineout and scrum. This dominance, combined with
great handling in their backs lead to Newbridge conceding 10 tries, 4 converted,
to lose by 60pts to nil. Newbridge now have an opportunity to refocus and
prepare for their last two crucial league matches in early March
Next Sunday, 5th February, the 2nd XV commence their Leinster Provincial
Towns Seconds (J2) Cup with an away trip to play Athboy 1st XV. Athboy
are currently 8th in Division 2B (one league below Newbridge 1st XV) but
have registered 2 league wins so far this season. The match in Athboy kicks
off at 3.00pm (note the later time as we move into February).
Newbridge 27 Cill Dara 5
Earlier on Saturday evening in Rosetown Newbridge 2nd XV score a great win. This game was dominated by a revitalised Newbridge second fifteen who had the upper hand throughout. Winger Alan Smith got the opening try which was converted by full back Liam McGovern. McGovern was again on hand to convert a penalty and again in the 24th minute, after outhalf Fergal Doyle scored a good try, McGovern converted. Cill Dara got their only score, a try, in the 27th minute. McGovern closed the scores for the half with a penalty in the 30th minute to leave it at 20 points to 5.
In the second half Colin Dunning in the centre scored a good try which McGovern converted. Best for Newbridge were Alan O’Connor, Richard Berney and Stuart Kehoe in the pack while Liam McGovern, Daniel Hill and Fergal Doyle all did well in the backs.
By defeating Cill Dara on Saturday 14th January Newbridge retained
the Jon Conlan Memorial Trophy. The trophy is played for annually
between the two clubs in memory of former player and friend to many
in both clubs, Jon Conlan. Cian Conlan is pictured presenting the
trophy to Newbridge captain Ronan Mangan.
On Sunday 5th February Newbridge 2nd XV commence their Leinster Provincial Towns Seconds (J2) Cup with an away trip to play Athboy 1st XV. The final score was Athboy 13 pts Newbridge 5. This was not a very inspiring match and in many ways a bit of a lottery to establish a winner. After Athboy scored an early penalty Newbridge hit back with an unconverted intercept try by Dave Mullins, who had a 60 metre run in. Athboy went ahead before half time with a second penalty to lead 6 pts to 5 at the break. The next and decisive score didn't come until the 70 minute mark with the home side getting a converted try to leave the final score Athboy 13 Newbridge 5. Yet another disappointing result for Newbridge.
Newbridge 17 Wexford Wanderers 13
Newbridge 1st XV, after finishing 7th in Leinster League Division 2A, in Tullow on Sunday 26th March, 2017 played Division 2B Runners Up Wexford Wanderers in a Division 2A/2B Promotion / Relegation Playoff. The winner would play in Division 2A for season 2017/2018. Newbridge were the more competent of the two teams on show and were well on top in most positions on the field. Outhalf Donal Cashman was key to the win as he kicked 4 penalties while his clever play and ball distribution throughout kept Wexford on the back foot in wind-swept Tullow. Newbridge backrow and centres tackled everything that was thrown at them. They led from the beginning and it was only for a penalty try to Wexford 4 minutes from the end that kept Wexford in the game. Newbridge won by scoring a try and 4 penalties to Wexford’s converted penalty try and 2 penalties.
Winning the toss Wexford played with the stiff downfield breeze. It was
Newbridge however whose pack got to grips with the possession and took
the game by the scruff of the neck. Great runs from second row Oisin Howell
and Rory McCann as well as good fielding in the lineout from Wesley Cuffe
and Ronan Mangan saw Newbridge dominate these exchanges.
Outhalf Donal Cashman was on hand after 4 minutes to kick the first penalty
from 25 metres in front of the posts. In the 24th minute a Newbridge maul
drove the opposition backwards for hooker Niall Duggan to get the
touchdown. Wexford kicked a penalty in the 31st minute from 33 metres.
Niall O’Connor was given a yellow card in the 35th minute as Wexford
added to their score in the 38th minute after good pressure on the
Newbridge line. Cashman got the score of the match in the 41st minute from 36 metres out and into the strong breeze when he kicked a penalty to leave the half time score at 11 points to 6 for Newbridge.
Playing with the wind Newbridge cleverly utilised the wind for their half backs of Mark Delaney at scrum half and Cashman to kick to the Wexford end of the pitch. Newbridge were rewarded in the 51st minute when Cashman converted an easy penalty from in front of the posts. He was on target again in the 57th minute from the 46 metre line with another penalty. Newbridge now were well in control at 17 points to 6, at this stage veteran prop Matt Duggan was introduced to the fray and this had an immediate effect as the Newbridge scrum, which had creaked a few times, now got well on top. In the 74th minute winger David Hogan was yellow carded for a high tackle. In the dying minutes a further high tackle saw the referee award a penalty try to Wexford which they converted. Best for Newbridge were Oisin Howell and Rory McCann in the second row while Donal Cashman at outhalf was the star of the match. Ronan Mangan and Niall O’Connor were dogged in the tackle throughout while Denis Clarke in the centre was solid.
Newbridge 1st XV Squad :- Pat Commane, Niall Duggan, Aidan Healy, Rory McCann, Oisin Howell, Wesley Cuffe, Niall O’Connor, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Billy Delaney, Denis Clarke, David Hogan, David Mullins, Denis O’Callaghan, Matt Duggan, Mark Doyle, Liam McGovern
Cill Dara 2nd XV 36 Newbridge 2nd XV 22
On Wednesday evening, 29th March, Newbridge 2nd XV came so close to winning their first round Leinster Provincial Plate match away to Cill Dara. After 75 minutes under lights, having put in a great performance, Newbridge lead by 19pts to 14, but, after a period of sustained pressure by the home side, a last minute Cill Dara try took the match into extra time. Cill Dara never looked back scoring two more converted tries to a single penalty by Newbridge to leave the final score Cill Dara 36 pts Newbridge 22. So close but so far! Well done to all involved as Newbridge continue the task of re-developing a competitive 2nd XV.