Wesley run riot in Blackrock

Wesley run riot in Blackrock

AIL  –  Blackrock 7 Old Wesley 40 – 17th February 2024

Old Wesley made it 5 wins from 5 in 2024 after a spectacular win away from home against Blackrock College RFC moving one massive step closer to the play-offs.

Old Wesley started bright looking to attack straight away, a high tackle on full back Tom Larke gave Old Wesley an opportunity to get their maul going. With that, 3 minutes in hooker Stephen Smyth broke from the maul and went over for the away sides first try of the game.  Eoin Monahan adding the extras. 0-7.  Blackrock responded soon after with a maul try of their own through Niall Harriman and converted by James Fennelly.  But this was to be the home sides last score of the game.

The first half saw both teams in an arm wrestle, with hits in midfield from Cathal Kelly and Josh Pim repelling the Blackrock attack. Ian Cassidy and Eoin Monahan worked in tandem with each other at 9 and 10, a combination we had not been seen this season.  Wesley eventually made inroads into the Rock 22, and after hard carries from Eoin Deegan and Billy Corrigan, space was found on the edge for captain Reuben Pim to run in for the 2nd of the day.  Eoin Monahan again converting to make it 7-14 at half time.

Wesley in the second half came out the blocks but through penalties at the scrum were marched back.  This led to the introduction of Sam Kenny and David Motyer in the second half for Harry Noonan and Cathal Kelly.

Sam Kenny looked to make an immediate impact through hard carries and offloaded to Billy Corrigan who made a 40 metre carry down the field.  Wesley were in behind, four more phases and Cronan Gleeson piled over from close range for Wesley’s 3rd of the game. 7-19.

It was one way traffic as Old Wesley looked to add a shine to the score, when Ian Cassidy left the ball up for Alex Malloy to break the line and offload to Eoin Monahan to score and convert the bonus point try for Old Wesley. 7-26.  Wesley again looked unstoppable, and off a scrum following the restart marched up the pitch 40 metres. Carries again from Reuben Pim, Will Fay and Sam Kenny created tempo too high for the home side to deal with and Josh Pim finished what was a fantastic team try. Monahan again converted to make it 7-33.

With all the subs on, Wesley still looked perfectly comfortable and backed their line out and maul, Shane Cawley collected the ball in the air and setup a maul for Josh Pim to score once again and finish the game. A late rally by Blackrock came to naught when Wesley turned over possession on their own line

Old Wesley are now 2nd in the AIL Division 1B with four games to go. They welcome Garryowen on the 3rd of March to Donnybrook in what’s set to be a game of massive importance.

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Scorers: Tries: Stephen Smyth, Reuben Pim, Cronan Gleeson, Eoin Monahan, Josh Pim 2; Cons: Eoin Monahan 5

Team: Tom Larke; Nathan Randles, Alex Molloy, Eoin Deegan, Fergus Jemphrey; Eoin Monahan, Ian Cassidy; Harry Noonan, Stephen Smyth, Cronan Gleeson, Billy Corrigan, Reuben Pim (capt), Cathal Kelly, Josh Pim, Will Fay. Replacements: Howard Noonan, Sam Kenny, David Motyer, Shane Cawley, Keith Kavanagh, Eoin Murphy.

 

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