Ardscoil coach Lawler rues high error count

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Ardscoil Ris scrum-half Hugh Bourke tackles Niall Campion, of Rockwell College, in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Thomond Park on St Patrick's Day
ARDSCOIL Ris head coach, Mossie Lawler felt the side made too many unforced errors in their Senior Cup final defeat to Rockwell College at Thomond Park on St Patrick’s Day.

ARDSCOIL Ris head coach, Mossie Lawler felt the side made too many unforced errors in their Senior Cup final defeat to Rockwell College at Thomond Park on St Patrick’s Day.

Former Munster star Lawler admitted that Rockwell had been more clinical than the gritty Ardscoil side which suffered a Senior Cup final defeat to Crescent College 12 months ago.

Mossie Lawler said: “We made too many unforced errors, unfortunately, in the first half and we continued it in the second half.

“In the first five or six minutes of the game we lost three line-outs, dropped two balls and put a kick-off into touch. You just can’t do it at this level. No matter what age you are, turnovers kill you.

“In fairness to Rockwell, we knew coming into the game that they are so clinical at everything they do. They didn’t make mistakes today and that is why they are champions.

“Possibly the lads were nervous at the start of the week. But there is a bit of experience in that group this year. We treated the week a lot different to how we treated it last year. We were hoping it would tell. I felt like we played some great rugby - we tried to play great rugby - but unfortunately those last passes didn’t stick.”

Ardscoil’s task was made greater by injuries to key squad members although Lawler refused to use injuries as an excuse for their defeat.

“When you are a small school in rugby circles and you are competing against hurling, numbers aren’t at your advantage. When you lose your starting tighthead and number eight before the game , it is not great. But certainly it is not an excuse.

“Losing Jack (O’Donnell) early on in the game didn’t make it easy. We have good belief in our squad and Pa Ryan when he came on had a great game. All the subs who came on influenced the game well.”