The home side trailed 3-0 at the break after a first half that yielded little for Kilkenny. Rory McInerney had a try overruled midway through the first half and also saw a penalty at the break sail wide of the post.
Kilkenny put three points on the board through a Rory McInerney penalty 15 minutes into the second half and five minutes later were leading 6-3, a second penalty from McInerney sailing through the posts.
That would be the turning point for Kilkenny. Sean Moran secured a huge break two minutes later, running from inside the Kilkenny half unmarked and unmatched to cross the Tullow line between the posts for the home side’s first try of the game. David O’Connor drove over the line shortly after with McInerney converting both tries successfully to push Kilkenny to 20-3 and end their 2014 home fixtures with a win.
Kilkenny’s second XV earlier beat Tullow’s second XV by a single point following a late try at the final whistle.
Photos: Kilkenny RFC v Tullow RFC
All photos by Ken McGuire
Elsewhere around the league today, Longford will be disappointed not to have made up for last week’s loss to Kilkenny as they fell 25-3 to Malahide at CPL Park. League leaders Gorey came from behind at the break to turn things around at home to beat Newbridge 22-10 while at Ashtown Lane, Wicklow demolished Carlow 61-12.
The results today see Tullow fall to fourth with Kilkenny now placed third, level on points with Malahide to have a huge scoring difference. Gorey retain their place at the top of the Leinster League Division 1B on 31 points, 2 clear of Malahide.
Kilkenny’s final game of 2014 is on the road next week against Malahide at Estuary Road while league leaders Gorey are away to Tullow at Black Gates.