KILKENNY COLLEGE lost out by the narrowest of margins in their first round senior cup clash against St Mary’s College Rathmines. The end score of Kilkenny College 6 St Mary’s College 7 was a reflection of just how unlucky Kilkenny College were.
Kilkenny College led at the half-time whistle 6-0. St Mary’s were lucky to get a try in the second half against the run of play. Ten minutes into the second half St Mary’s made a break and snook in for a try.
Despite going behind while playing all of the rugby, Kilkenny College showed great spirit and rallied well. For the last 15 minutes of the game they were camped on the St Mary’s line but despite their best efforts they couldn’t break down a solid Mary’s defence.
The Kilkenny College coach Geoff Carter said “I think the neutrals in the stand would have given it to us. Even John O’Suillivan in the Irish Times felt that we were hard down by but the match slipped away, a couple of unlucky knock ons and things that went against us,” he said. Mr Carter was full of praise for his team, who he said did 99% of things perfectly. “You can only prepare them. On the day it’s up to the boys and they did 99% of everything perfectly,” he said.
The Kilkenny College forwards remain sure that they touched the ball down on the far side of the St Mary’s line, but by the time the referee got around to the ruck he ruled that it wasn’t a try.
Despite the set back the team hasn’t given up yet. Mr Carter said that they have been back out training twice and “there’s still a hunger for rugby in the boys.” Kilkenny College are preparing to play in the semifinal of the league and they’ll take part in the shield for teams who have been knocked out of the Cup.