Under 20s – Blackrock RFC Vs Seapoint RC
January 28th Match Report
Blackrock 26 – Seapoint 15
“The one that got away…”
A lot of build up to this fixture – the last one in round 1 of the league for both sides. With Rock in second place and Seapoint in 3rd, the fans came out in numbers and made their voices heard from the start. With kick off delayed by 15 mins due to overrun on earlier match both sides took to the pitch and the whistle was blown at 2.45. Game on.
And what a start – almost right from the kick off Rock gather a loose ball, spot a gap in the still settling Seapoint defense and break through for a run from inside their own half to touch down followed by the conversion. 7 -0 at 2 mins into the match. Not the start Seapoint wanted but this match had a lot more twists and turns to come.
Following some hard-hitting tackles and both sides showing their mettle, Seapoint then picked up a yellow and pressure mounted on the visitors. This did not dampen the team effort and were unlucky not to get over for a try shortly after with the referee calling the ball held up over the line 5 mins later.
With Seapoint back to full strength and pushing hard it was Rocks turn to see yellow – pinged for a late tackle.
Seapoint forwards continued to push on and were rewarded for their efforts with a huge pack heave and Joe German being the one to get the ball down. The conversion veered slightly wide but with 5 points back this game now really hotting up at 7 – 5 to the home side.
Neither side letting up and 10 mins later following several penalties against Rock it was the Seapoint forwards again making their mark with Ben Hickey peeling off the back of a maul to get over the line, and the conversion from Sam O’Donovan this time splitting the posts bringing the scoreline to 12 7 to the visitors. Both sets of supporters in full voice now and a real humdinger set up as the first half came to an end with all players glad of the breather.
The second half kicked off as we left the first 40 with some real battles up front. This time it was the Rock forwards putting Seapoint defense to the test again and were rewarded as a mix up at the back of the breakdown allowed a gap to open up and was duly exploited with a try. This time Rock missed the conversion leaving the scores all even 12 apiece.
Within 2 mins however following solid yardage gains by Seapoint they earned a penalty and Sam O’Donovan makes a long-range kick to make it 15 – 12 to the visitors.
It was all about the mid field battle for the next 5 minutes and following sustained pressure from Rock they make it over and collect the conversion points to now make it 19 – 12 to the home side with 15 mins to go.
Not long after the try Rock picked up their second yellow of the afternoon as the visitors hoped to capitalize on this but there were no further scores by the time both sides back to full strength with 5 minutes to go.
Seapoint pushing forward again yard by yard with the forwards camped on the Rock line for what seemed an eternity looking for ways to get over the line, eventually decision taken to spin the ball out to the back line for what looked like an overlap… the pass made, the ball hangs in the air, the visiting supporters almost suspended in time as heart rates soar….and then…Interception by Rock catching the attacking team on the back foot. Afterburners applied a full-length pitch run turned around what could have been a momentous win for Seapoint into huge disappointment. Whistle blown shortly after left a final score line of 26 to 15 ensuring Rock had won all their games in this round of the league and 2nd place with Seapoint remaining in 3rd .
What a match for the neutrals, super rugby and effort from both teams showcasing all that is good in Leinster U20s rugby.
Seapoint showed great determination and one of the best performances so far this season, they will feel this is the ‘one that got away’. As per league format there should be a rematch for these two sides in next few weeks this time at Kilbogget park where Seapoint will be looking to even the tally.