Ballinasloe Rugby News

BALLINROBE  8    9 BALLINASLOE.
Ballinasloe had to pull out all the stops to overcome Ballinrobe by the narrowest of margins in this closely fought league encounter at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday. Played in a persistent downpour, the conditions mitigated against any open rugby but both sides gave it their all to provide an entertaining game.
The locals lead by two points at the break by virtue of going over for a try after half an hour in response to Ballinasloe’s earlier penalty from the boot of Robert O’Byrne. The visitors had the better of the exchange early on,before the hosts began to exert themselves and led by the promptings of fullback, John Walsh, finished the half strongly.
Ballinrobe increased the tempo on the turnover and brought a greater intensity to the forward play than their opponents but could not secure a  solid enough platform to put together a winning drive. Too often they turned over hard won ball and Ballinasloe were content to counter ruck and maul with play taking place mostly inside the host’s half. The locals went further ahead when Stephen Rochford slotted a penalty after 62mins. The game seemed to be up for Ballinasloe at this stage as scores were hard to come by but their great fighting spirit   saw them through in the end when O’Byrne kicked two late penalties, the second of which came in the last minute of play. Ballinrobe will feel that their effort should have yielded a greater dividend, while Ballinasloe will be happy in the knowledge that they took the points,despite it not being their best performance of the campaign to date.
LIAM COURTNEY,  
PRO Ballinasloe RFC

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