Declan Ruth Pinpoints Reason Why Rapps’ Lost To Clough-Ballacolla

The Rapparees lost out to the Laois champions, Clough-Ballacolla, in the opening round of the Leinster club championship…

Although it has been a great year for the Rapps, their 1-17 to 0-12 loss to Clough-Ballacolla was a disappointing one.

Speaking to Liam Spratt of South East Radio following the Leinster club championship game, Rapparees manager and former Wexford hurler, Declan Ruth, pinpointed one of the main reasons why he believes the Rapps lost the game.

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“You always want to win these games. I thought that we had a chance, but we hadn’t hurled a lot. The beauty of split-season is that we probably wouldn’t be county champions without it, but the flip-side is that you’re waiting ten weeks.”

“That’s not ideal. The last few training sessions we were trying to find a little bit together again. But, you could see that they were a little bit sharper today from hurling up to two or three weeks ago.”

“They’re a good team to back it up… but I’d like to get a crack at them when we’re in full flight, when you have to or three weeks of a break after winning a county title” Ruth continued.

The Rapps’ won the Wexford county title on September 19th, while Clough-Ballacolla won their second county title in two years on November 7th, just two weeks ago.

The full five-minute interview with Declan Ruth on South East Radio can be listened to here.

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