Navan U18 v Wicklow 25th-11-2017

Saturdays home match against Wicklow proved to be a tough day at the office for the Navan under 18 squad. The visitors, boasting  several players with Irish and Leinster caps, were just too good on a day when the home team couldn’t get into the stride that yielded an emphatic victory over Athy the previous week. The game was evenly balanced in terms of possession and territory, however Wicklow managed to break and do so decisively from deep, on several occasions during the game. Their support lines of running were excellent and a number times, runners on the wings created the space for deft inside passes, that cut the home defence wide open.

The visitors scored five tries in total, evenly spaced throughout the game and while they never dominated Navan they were comfortably the better side. This was aided by the lack of good decision-making and accurate passing, particularly between the halfbacks and centres which had been on nigh on perfect a week before. On a positive note however,  the replacements that entered The fray midway through the second half,  appeared to inject some passion and intensity to the Navan play and for the only spell in the game the visitors looked flustered and vulnerable. Ten minutes of Navan pressure at the end of the game appeared to have come to nought when the referee called last play. However some good work close to the line was finished off by the tireless Dan O’Connell who dived across the ruck and was awarded the try that gives the home team something to take from an otherwise disappointing game.

Final score: Navan 7 – Wicklow 32 

Navan forwards Jack Lynch and Philip Cullivan look on as Paddy Kiernan and Ciaran Reilly lift try scorer Dan O Connell in a line out late in their match against Wicklow at Balreask Old.

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