Difficult Battle Against Sacred Heart College

The King’s First XV were expecting a difficult battle up front against Sacred Heart College on Saturday, 20 June and they were right.

The game was heightened with the Kirkpatrick/Fitzpatrick Cup up for grabs.

The weather played its part and made it almost impossible to get any continuity. Both teams struggled to get out of first gear with repetitive knock ons and dropped ball. The King’s defence stood strong throughout the game and late in the first half a forward dominated drive from Sacred Heart was thwarted as a player reached for the tryline only to knock it on. The game went into the break tied at 0-0.

The second half brought about much of the same kind of play with forward packs beating each other to a standstill. A Ciarahn Matoe penalty finally gave King’s the lead. With five minutes to play, Sacred Heart camped out on the King’s tryline but King’s refused to relent.

With the King’s only two loses of the season coming in the last moments of the game, they were not keen to revisit this. King’s defended valiantly and when a Sacred Heart forward had the ball knocked out of his hand in yet another great tackle, the game was over and King’s won 3-0.