Naas RFC J1 V St Mary’s College RFC J1
Sunday 12th January 2020.
A most satisfying and illuminating performance by a J1 side, full of young talent that improves weekly. The score does not do justice to the ability and commitment of the Naas side that fought to the end, and indeed were probably unfortunate to be a score behind at half time. The forward battle was particularly close with the scrum test coming out just ahead for the Marys side.
There was a wide array of talent behind the scrum with Adam McEvoy at 9, lively throughout, and particularly sparkling early on. Another showing his talent was Ruairi Shields. His second half performance lit up the cool afternoon with a hat-trick of tries, one a neat intercept, and a well improved kicking game from the first half. Tim McMahon is an especially talented rugby player. He needs more game time to hone his skills but today at 13, showed vistas of his potential ability. Matt Talbot is a big strong lad, with potential and he did his bit for the team today. A hidden gem is Alex Dix, who today was a thorn in the side of the Naas team whenever they kicked to him, for he showed real vision, pace and marvellous feet as he slalomed through the opposition. He was intimately involved in two of the tries. Skipper, Mattie Timmons was the conductor of the ensemble and his defence was a beacon for his side. Potts is a noble and revered name in recent St Mary’s College RFC history. Kevin, Colin and Brian shone in the 80s and 90s. All in the pack 4 to 8. Gavin played on the wing today, standing in when a player disappointingly let his club, and fellow teammates down, when he failed to turn up. Well done to Gavin, who did very satisfactorily, showing the Potts’ rugby brain and bravery.
The measure of a pack is, that it is a pack, and as such it was excellent today. You do not put 31 points on a provincial team without togetherness, courage and skill. Those treasures were amassed today, with a resolute and skilful front row, a commanding second row and a hungry backrow. We had that. So well done to all.
Once again the men behind the show must be marked. Tom Lynch, Paul Brennan and Paul Conlon, have done an impressive and effective job in moulding this excellent group. Even today after a first half of fair mediocrity, the work done by the coaches at half time was transformative, leading to a highly paced, highly skilled, second half of skills and scores.
14 mins Try, McEvoy, 0-7, 58 mins Try, Shields, 0-12, 69 min Try Shields, 0-19. 72 mins Try Lee, 0-24, 79 mins Try Shields, 31-0
Final Score 0-31
15 A Dix, 14 M Talbot, 13 T McMahon, 12 M Timmons (Capt), 11 G Potts, 10 R Shields, 9 A McEvoy, 8 D Lyons, 7 S Heeran, 6 A Mooney, 5 L Corcoran, 4 J Lee, 3 P Dundon, 2 S Healy, 1 N McEniff. J Coolican, C O’Neill, C Corcoran.