Portlaoise RFC Results and Fixtures

Competition Home Team Score Away Team Score
Anderson Cup (J3) Kilkenny 3rd’s 13 Portlaoise 3rd’s 18
Provincial Towns Plate Longford 1st’s 10 Portlaoise 1st’s 21
Michael Dunne Cup (J4) Portlaoise 4th’s 3 Tullamore 4th’s 23
Under 17 Cup Kilkenny U17 43 Portlaoise U17 7

This Weeks Matches

Sunday 17th April:

Portlaoise 3rd’s team are at home to Nass in the Quarter Final of the Anderson Cup (Prov J3) . Start time is 15:00pm in Togher.

Portlaoise Ladies are playing in a Midlands Towns Cup competition in Portarlington beginning at 11:00am.

Saturday  16th April:

Portlaoise minis are away in a blitz tournament at Newbridge.

Match report on 3rd s game   Sunday 10th April

Kilkenny 3rd’s  v Portlaoise 3rd in Kilkenny on Sunday 10th April. Anderson Cup second round match.

Team : 15 J.Sully, 14 B.Hennessy, 13 N.Fitzpatrick, 12 S.Culleton, 11 M.Dowling, 10 M.McDonald, 9 C McGuire, 8 S.Cooper, 7 T.Lynch, 6 D.Bigley, 5 D.Broomfield, 4 J.Kavanagh, 3 D.Lynch, 2 P.McEvoy, 1 J.Dowling, Subs: G.Rowe, P.Hearns, G Hall, T Flanagan, L Byrne.

Portlaoise thirds played their second round match in the Anderson Cup against a compeditive Kilkenny 3rd’s side at Kilkenny grounds on Sunday afternoon. It was a sweltering afternoon on the main pitch at Kilkenny grounds. Kilkenny came into this match by way of a close win over Birr the previous week. Portlaoise meanwhile had beaten Ardee the previous week. As with all cup matches both teams were aware of the importance of this game and from the first kick of the ball, their intensions to dominate were evident. Portlaoise won the toss and elected to play into the sun for the first half. With just 2 minutes gone, Portlaoise unleashed a powerful forwards move which saw David Bloomfield cross over the try line and touch down for a try. This was not converted to have the score Portlaoise 5 Kilkenny 0. Kilkenny applied strong pressure up front and continued to test the Portlaoise defence and were rewarded some 5 minutes later with a penalty caused by Portlaoise players being offside in a ruck. Kilkenny converted the penalty to open their scoring. Immediately after the restart Kilkenny continued to test Portlaoise defence and following a sustained period of Kilkenny possession they were awarded a penalty for holding in a tackle. Kilkenny chose to take a quick tap and breached the Portlaoise defence to score a try. This they converted to have the score at Portlaoise 5 Kilkenny 10. The game settled down with both sides attacking and defending with equal measure. The half time score stood at Portlaoise 5 Kilkenny 10.

The second half began and inside two minutes Kilkenny were awarded a penalty against Portlaoise for not releasing. This they converted. The score stood at Portlaoise 5 Kilkenny 13. Portlaoise rallied and exerted sustained pressure on the Kilkenny defence forcing them to concede a penalty for handling on the ground. Mossie McDonald stood up and slotted the ball between the posts to bring the score to Portlaoise 8 Kilkenny 13. From the restart Portlaoise gathered the ball and launched an attack on the Kilkenny defence and were again rewarded with a penalty which Mossie McDonald duly converted into points to bring the score to Portlaoise 11 Kilkenny 13. Both sides continued to attach and defend in equal measure. With 10 minutes to go Portlaoise got their just rewards when after a period of sustained attach by the pack, Portlaoise pack crossed the Kilkenny try line in mass and the referee awarded the try. Stuart Cooper surfaced holding the ball and claiming the score. Mossie McDonald converted and the scoreboard now read Portlaoise 18 Kilkenny 13. The match ended with no further scores.

Next up in the cup is a quarter final encounter with Nass in Togher next Sunday at 3:00pm.

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