THE Kilkenny under-13 rugby team opened their account in the South East League with a hard fought win against determined Enniscorthy in ideal conditions at Foulkstown on Saturday, wiining 17-7.
Kilkenny opened strongly, moving the ball wide at will, but they failed to turn possession and territory into points. William Ashe Doyle looked to have opened the scoring but was denied by the referee in a tight call.
As half-time approached a midfield break by the visitors saw them score a converted try under the posts. Half-time 7-0.
In the second half Kilkenny took the game to the visitors. Conor Rowe repeatedly pilfered opposition ball at the lineout, while Alex Hatt, Andrew Stone and Jack Brennan stretched the defence with some hard running. In the end the pressure told. Brennan, with a trademark sidestep, jinked his way over for try that was converted by Alex Hatt to level proceedings.
As full time approached a draw looked on, but some indiscipline by the visitors, allied to some quick thinking from Alex Hatt, saw the Kilkenny fly half take a quick tap penalty and scramble over for a try. He then nailed a difficult conversion from the touchline to give Kilkenny a seven point lead.
Enniscorthy came back strongly, but with time running out their indiscipline cost them again. Kilkenny were awarded another penalty. Captain Cian McCormack pointed to the posts. Alex Hatt completed a flawless kicking display that sealed a 17-7 win.
Kilkenny - Cian McCormack (capt), Mitchell Synnott, Glenn Gormley, Conor Rowe, Darwish Bourke, Brian Harrington, Seamus Farrell, Ultan Conroy, Simon Walsh, Alex Hatt, Andrew Stone, William Ashe Doyle, Killian Fitzpatrick, Jack Foley, Jack Brennan.