This is a game that Clontarf will want to forget about quickly. After, of course, remedying the issues that saw the visitors dominate possession and territory and run out losers on the scoreboard.
It really was a tooth grinding experience for the supporters as wave after wave of Clontarf attacks fell fallow due to bad option taking or schoolboy errors as the try line came into view. The pity is that many of the players on view yesterday are considerably more talented than the standard shown but are running out of games to make a decent claim to an Ulster Bank League place.
Full credit to Blackrock who defended manfully and used their resources well through the rolling sub rule. They even had the dignity to be a little embarrassed at the final whistle. The positives for Clontarf were all in the pack where the back row of Byrne , Garvey , and Cogan tried hard and the set piece delivered a constant flow of quality ball which was butchered in the following phase play. Put simply, rugby is a 15 man game. To play at a reasonable standard, all must come up to the mark. On Saturday we were about as effective as an old woman swinging her handbag at the Taliban.