Suttonians’ Pack On The Front Foot In Their 16-19 Win Over Seapoint RFC
A blustery day greeted Suttonians for their away league fixture to Seapoint RFC in the Leinster League Division 1A. But despite the windy conditions, the dry day meant there was always the possibility of good ball in hand rugby and so it proved. Still smarting at the narrow defeat to Ashbourne on their last outing, Suttonians went to work early on and kept the scoreboard ticking over and leading at the break by 21 points to 7 after tries from Tom Culleton, Darragh Henry and Matthew Byrne, all converted excellently by Jack Ussher.
The visitors struggled to pull away in the second half and indeed Seapoint were next to score, reducing the gap to 9 points with an unconverted try. Andrew Ussher secured the win and the bonus point and extended the lead to 28-12 before a late converted try from Seaooint ensured a nervy last few minutes before the final whistle. The large visiting support went home happy after a bonus point win on the road against the only team to beat Suttonians twice last season. Next up Bective in Sutton next Saturday with the earlier kick off of 1.45, the perfect appetiser to Leinster vs Munster that evening.
Unfortunately the women’s team were unable to complete the double later in the day, going down 27-12 in Wicklow RFC in an unusually underpar and lacklustre performance. Sutton were never really in the game after conceding 2 early tries and the boot of the Wicklow out half kept them pinned in the corner for much of the second period. Despite some strong carries from props Mary Healy and Juanita Kareta, Brenda Barr, Louise Catinot and the busy Annie Buntine, it was a day to forget for the girls who now enjoy a well earned break after 5 games in a row.
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