Wexford Wanderer Brian Deeny and Rathnure man Charlie Tector put in good performances for Leinster on the weekend against the Welsh outfit the Cardiff Blues with Deeny starting at second row, while Tector came on with 10 minutes to go. …
Deeny started off the match in energetic fashion with significant pressure on the Cardiff scrum half forcing a botched clearance into touch.
Leinster has obviously trusted the Wexford Wanderers youngster with great responsibility handed to him as he was tasked with gathering the very first lineout of the night.
He followed up with two rugged ruck clearances. As Leinster piled on early pressure, a typically well-thought-out move which may have indeed gone to Deeny only for the ref got in the way and was in fact taken on by Max Deegan who scored.
It was evident as the match progressed that Brian showed acute concentration in defensive ruck time situations, always being on high alert. The young man has beefed up a bit and in attack, he was always asking questions of at least two defenders. A sign of a great second row and workhorse forward is to clean up the messy ball and Deeny came to the rescue, following sloppy Leinster handling to scoop the ball into Leinster’s hands.
Again the Wexford Wanderer became a real nuisance at ruck time, again putting the scrum half’s box kick exit under all sorts of pressure, leading to a fluffed kick. Leinster took possession and the Model second row pushed Max Deegan through on a serious carry and Luke McGrath snipped in for a try.
Into the second half, Deeny showed serious pace to keep up with speedster Liam Turner on a searing breaking down the middle. Later momentum from a lineout and a few hard carries, left
the Wexford man with a handy pick and go for a yard or so out, the big lock forward powered through two Cardiff men to score a lovely try. It was then nice for the Rte commentators to acknowledge the coaching staff and the Wexford town club who nourished Denny’s talent from the Start. Brian continued to flourish as the game on with hard carries and tackles and huge energy.
With ten minutes to go, Deeny was joined by fellow Wexfordian Charlie Tector at out-half. Unfortunately with tiring young Leinster legs, a host of substitutions and loss of concentration being so far ahead, Tector was in defensive mode for most of his time on the pitch or else living off scraps. However, Liam Turner pounced on loose Cardiff passing in the last play of the game to zip in for a nice opportunist try. No doubt this delighted the young Rathnure 10, as it gave Tector the opportunity to score his first-ever Leinster points. Charlie duly obliged with an effortless and calmly slotted conversion.
Six nations call-ups will give the two Model men more opportunities to get game time for Leinster when the big guns are away, so keep an eye out on Leinster team sheets in the next While.
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