Following a break in league action the previous weekend, normal service resumed last Sunday when Clonmel played host to Tralee RFC in round 7 of the Munster Junior League Division 1.
Clonmel went into the game in fourth place in the table after wins over Cobh Pirates and Old Christians in the previous two outings.
On what was an ideal day for rugby and in front of strong local support, the home side opened proceedings with an early penalty kicked successfully by Conor Cooney.
Both sides tested each other in the first half and possession was evenly balanced during the opening forty minutes.
Penalties were traded and by half time it was three to one on the penalty count in favour of Clonmel.
The half ended with a 9-3 lead held by the home side, with all the Clonmel points coming from the boot of Conor Cooney.
Clonmel began to dominate play in the second half and a well taken try by Cooney on the 50th minute mark saw the locals edge further in front.
Further Clonmel tries by Frank Quinlan and Greg Carroll both of which were converted saw Clonmel lead 28-3 with five remaining minutes on the clock.
However a chink in the Clonmel defense in the closing minutes saw Tralee run in two late tries, one of which was converted to leave the final score a 28-15 win to Clonmel.
The win for Clonmel, the sixth from seven games played, moves them to the joint top spot on the table alongside Newcastle West, both on twenty five points.
However with a game in hand, Kanturk and St.Marys are one point behind.
Clonmel travel to Limerick in two weeks time to take on St.Marys as things start to get serious in the run into Christmas.
East Munster U18 League:
After a disappointing narrow home defeat the previous weekend at the hands of Galbally, the U18s were at home to Waterford City on Sunday last in the East Munster U18s league.
Clonmel were on form on the day and ran in seven tries from van Dam, Oosthuysen, Brady (2) Keane, Tobin and Green, with conversion points coming from Like Noonan to win 37-7.
There was some great ruby played across the field with good displays by all. Kenny Lien put in some great tackles and winger Niall Barrett had a very good game.
Clonmel RFC will play host to the second game of this year’s women’s Interprovincial series on Sunday December 8 when Munster Women take on Ulster at the Clonmel ground at 1pm.
Title holders Munster overcame their Connacht rivals in Galway last weekend and come to Clonmel hoping to maintain their winning form.
Tries from Clonmel player Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe contributed to the 37-12 win on the day and Clonmel also looks forward to the return of former club player and current women’s player of the year Niamh Briggs as part of the Munster squad.
Hosting an Interprovincial is an honour for any club and with such a strong tradition in rugby and women’s rugby in particular, Clonmel Rugby Club is looking forward to the big event this weekend.
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