Waterpark Rugby Football Club

Founded 1925

Match Report

Munster Junior League Division 2
Round: Round 7
Team: Waterpark (23)
Opponent: Kinsale RFC (3)
Venue: Kinsale
Date/Time: 03-12-2016 18:00

Match Report



Waterpark travelled to the Co.Cork venue to take on the local side last Saturday evening under lights in what was conceived to be one of their toughest challenges of the campaign so far due to the fact that Kinsale, after a very poor start in this League, had put together three wins on the trot and were charging up the table, but at the end of a pulsating game, during which the visitor’s displayed an array of talents and teamwork, they were brought back down to earth in no uncertain terms and finished up on the wrong side of a 3 – 23 defeat.
With the visitor’s playing into a gale force wind in the first half, it was no surprise that tries would be at a premium and so it proved, with Park’s Alex Molloy the only player on view to cross the whitewash on fifteen minutes after he was put through a gap in the Kinsale defence. The home side replied on thirty minutes with a penalty to leave the score at the break 3 – 5 to Park. During this period the home side, with the wind at their backs, at times applied serious pressure on the Park defence, but yet again they proved why they are the meanest defence in the league by snuffing out anything that the Cork side could throw at them.
Five minutes after the restart Molloy had increased his side’s advantage to 3 – 8 with a penalty and on fiftyfive minutes Park hit a purple patch and really showed all present what they are just capable of, as within the space of ten minutes, they had crossed the Kinsale line on three occasions to register the winning bonus point and put the game beyond the home side. The first of these tries could be described as a total team score after several passages of play which involved forwards and backs alike, took Park from inside their own twentytwo up to the opposition twentytwo where a well timed pass from prop, Rory Hannon, sent Ivan Kiersey clear to touch down and increase the deficit to 3- 13. On sixtytwo minutes David O’Donoghue was over for Park’s third try when he broke from the back of a scrum ten metres out and took a return inside pass to make it 3 – 18 to Park. The scoring was completed by winger, Scott Hornibrook, with twelve minutes left on the clock after he gathered an inch perfect cross field kick to outstrip the home defence and go over for the fourth try and leave the final score at 3 – 23 to the visitor’s.
This was a huge improvement on previous weeks displays and is what will be required if we are to maintain our position at the top of the league. This was a game in which everything fell into place as the training ground moves were transferred to the pitch and the game management and control of the ball, especially in the first half whilst playing into the gale force wind, just showed how far these guys have improved as the season progresses. We have passed the halfway point and we still remain unbeaten, a credit to the players, coaches and all associated with the running of this squad alike. A lot done but still a lot to do.
Next weekend we turn our attention to the Challenge Shield where we travel to take on Thurles in the Semi-Final on Sunday 11th. December with a 2.00pm kick-off. This will be followed by another away trip to Fermoy the following Sunday the 18th. December in the 2nd Round of the Munster Junior Cup which also kicks-off at 2.00pm. Reason for earlier kick-off times is that all games have to finish on the day and extra time may be required to sort this out. All support will be appreciated.