Dundalk’s U13 squad returned to training in August and have been working hard on strength and conditioning as they transition from playing in blitz rugby to a 15-man team and a full-size pitch. The young Sharks travelled to Navan on Sunday morning for their first North East League match against Navan have regularly been Dundalk’s toughest opponents. However, the Sharks relish these encounters against Navan knowing that they will be a true test of where they of their current level of performance and what they need to work on for the future.
Dundalk started the game strongly and their forwards dominated possession gaining lots of yardage. Their work at the scrum and rucking skills were superior to the home team, but they were unable to turn their advantage into scores, going in at half-time tied at nil-all. During the break Navan made some key adjustments and scored under the posts early in the 2nd half. An additional 2 tries and successful conversions late in the game saw Navan run out the game 21-0 winners. Dundalk to their credit played sporting, competitive and attractive rugby to the end of the match and will have lots of positives to take into their next match at home to Ratoath