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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Wanderers' joy of six with bonus

Wanderers' assault on Division 1A of the Leinster League continued unabated last Saturday with another maximum haul of points at Clondalkin's expense.

And in divisions 1B and 2A, Ashbourne and Gorey continue to lead the way as both saw off strong challenges from major title rivals.

Wanderers won their sixth game in succession, defeating the third place host 31-14.

Tries before the interval from winger Matthew Wright and hooker Adam Duhig had steered the visitors into a narrow three-point lead. Wright, along with his fellow winger Dominic Boyd, profited from hard work to score further tries that not only won the game but delivered the four-try bonus point to boot.

Second-placed Dundalk, who lost their only game to date the previous week against Wanderers, got back on the winning trail when they hammered Tullow 48-20 at home in Mill Road.

No 8 James McConnon was the architect-in-chief of the destruction, bagging a hat-trick of tries to maintain pressure on the leaders.

Cill Dara won the Kildare derby by beating visitors Newbridge 19-6 at Beechpark and in the process vaulted up to fourth spot.

A 13-point scoring burst in the second-half, while they had a player in the sin-bin, was responsible for the home team's victory with flanker Darragh Kennedy getting the crucial lone touchdown of the game.

Enniscorthy moved off the bottom of the table with an important 23-8 win at home in Ross Road over Coolmine with scrum-half Evan Lett and lock forward Johnny Leech scoring the first-half tries that set them on their way.

Division 1A proceedings get underway this evening with the Coolmine v Dundalk clash (8.0pm) while the remaining fixtures are on Sunday in order to avoid a clash with Ireland v Australia.

Wanderers entertain Cill Dara, Clondalkin travel to Black Gates to take on Tullow while there is a big relegation battle in Rosetown when Newbridge welcome Enniscorthy.

Ashbourne had to endure a strong finish from their hosts Malahide in their top-of-the-table Division 1B clash last Friday night before emerging with a precious 18-15 win at Estuary Road.

The leaders are at home in Milltown House on Sunday against fourth-placed Kilkenny while second-placed Monkstown host third-placed Malahide this evening in Sydney Parade at 8.0pm.

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