After Malahide put a dent in league leaders Gorey’s campaign at the top of Division 1B, a good result for Kilkenny today against Wicklow would put them back in touching distance following last weekend’s 20-13 defeat against the Wexford men.

Conditions were tricky at Foulkstown with rain falling just as this afternoon’s encounter got underway and it was to be a kicking game in the first half, Wicklow opening the scoring with a penalty from Niall Earls after just three minutes and by half time it was those three points that would separate the sides, Wicklow leading 9-6.

Things stepped up a gear in the second half, Kilkenny picking up a go-ahead try thanks to Rory McInerney but Wicklow were equal to the measure, replying almost instantly through Shane Farrar to go ahead 14-13. A try from Liam Caddy and a second from Wicklow through Preston Springhall put the scores at 21-18. With another try in the bag, Wes Carter crossed the line to make things 25-21 to Kilkenny inside the final ten minutes setting up a nervy finish for Kilkenny.

Despite being down a man to a yellow card, the Kilkenny line held on for a four point win at the final whistle.

The win cements fourth place for Kilkenny on 21 points, level with Malahide in third and trailing by single point to Tullow (second) and Gorey (first), both on 22 points after six games.

Elsewhere in the league today, Newbridge overcame Carlow 13-11 at Oak Park while Tullow picked up a bonus point win against Longford, winning 25-10 at Black Gates. With no rugby next weekend, Kilkenny travel to face Longford on the 23rd at 2.30pm in The Demesne.

Kilkenny RFC v Wicklow RFC (25-21) at Foulkstown