Heartbreak for Portarlington young guns
There was heartbreak for Portarlinton’s progressive u13s team last weekend as they were beaten by a narrow margin in Carlow.
Carlow RFC 26
Portarlington RFC 22
Port went into this Leinster Cup game on the back of a run of five consecutive wins and their head coach Tony Jewell would have felt confident that they were progressing in all areas of their game and so a cup run could be on the cards.
Port started the brightest of the two and scored first and they controlled most of the game and played the more expansive brand of rugby but Carlow had two huge ball carriers who proved impossible to stop at times. Heartbreakingly, the ultimate difference between the sides was the position in which the tries were scored. Both sides touched down four times but Carlow managed to convert three of their scores to Port’s one.
There were hugely impressive performances from captain and try scorer Conor Perry, out half Luc Culliton and full back Ronan Coffey but the undoubted man of the match was Port’s number 8 Christopher Whittle who scored three tries with barnstorming runs. However, it will be the fact that this was an impressive team effort that will encourage them to bounce back.
Port will have to put their disappointment behind them and concentrate their efforts on the league which they lead having lost only one game.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
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