To the prairies of the American Mid-West, the steppes of Eurasia, the savannas of Africa and the Pampas of South American you can now add North East Tipperary to the great grasslands of the modern World. The lush green rugby fields of Roscea while not quite knee deep the grass was long enough for an ambush. Unbeaten at home since Feb 2015 Roscrea was a formidable venue for Cill Dara's first away Leinster League game of the season.
Cill Dara were missing 6 of the team that had beaten Carlow at home the previous week so there was some apprehension but they started brightly and during this opening 10-minute spell created numerous chances before club stalwart Damien Broughall touched down after a bursting run from No. 8 JohnJoe Milwrath. Cill Dara though were playing against a strong wind and Roscrea used this to their advantage to pin the visitors back. Cill Dara runners though were getting isolated and conceding penalties. From a series of such penalties Roscrea laid siege and eventually powered over for a try in the corner. Roscrea were having their best spell and worked two kickable penalties, but through bad luck (ball fell over) and inaccuracy Cill Dara went into the break all square 7 points apiece. With the elements it was expected Cill Dara to push on and this opinion was further enhanced when Cill Dara powered over from an early maul, 18-year-old DJ Brannock getting the touch down.
Cill Dara though on clearing their lines from the restart saw Broughall inexplicable kick the ball cross field, with Cill Dara off-side in the middle Roscrea now had an opportunity to lay another siege. And siege they did again powering over in the corner for a deserved try. Cill Dara through a mixture of poor execution, lack of control and dogged Roscrea defence couldn't shake their opponents off. So despite dominating the last quarter with possession and territory it took 2 Paddy Cross penalties to separate the teams leaving the final score 18-12.
There is a two week break but confidence is slowly returning to this group after a torrid two years and credit must go to Coach Eoin O'Connor who has given Cill Dara a strong set-piece platform and is developing strength in depth as further evidenced by the J2s winning their game against Roscrea comfortably 34-5.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.