Kilkenny RFC 6 Wicklow 1st XV 27
Wicklow 1st XV s kicked off their season with an impressive away win in the South East League against Kilkenny. Kilkenny had played Wicklow three times last year, winning twice. The two teams had a tremendous battle in the Town Cup Semi Final with Kilkenny winning out before losing narrowly to Ashbourne in the 2014 decider.
Wicklow got off to a good start after five minutes with a penalty from Ben Porter to give them a 0-3 lead. Ben Doyle who was making his senior debut for Wicklow made an immediate impression and got over for a good score under the posts. Porter added the extras and Wicklow led 0-10.
Kilkenny responded with a penalty to make it 3-10.
Wicklow were playing well and were awarded a scrum on the Kilkenny 10 metre line. The ball moved wide to Ben Doyle who fed the ball to Simon Breen. A powerful burst by Breen saw him hand off two would be tacklers before bursting through the last defender and crashing over to score an outstanding try. The conversion was missed but Wicklow led 3-15 and seemed well in control.