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Portlaoise man helps Tullow claim historic first Towns Cup title

Richard Nicholls in action for Tullow in the 2017 Towns Cup final in Athy

Tullow claimed the Towns Cup final for the first time in their history in Athy on Sunday afternoon and a young Portlaoise man played a starring role for the Carlow club.

Winger Richard Nicholls showed blistering pace for an early intercept try that set Tullow on their way to a 20-3 win over Skerries.

Nicholls – son of Trish and long-serving Portlaoise Rugby Club man Harry – began his playing days with Portlaoise and then Kilkenny College. He’s a student in IT Carlow and linked up with Tullow from there.

Nicholls got the winning try against Ashbourne in the semi-final and picked up where he left off by getting Tullow – who had Sean O’Brien among their coaching team – off to a dream start. A Stephen Smith try helped them to a 12-3 lead at half-time and a third try from Dylan Leybourbe in the second half put the game beyond doubt.

A William O’Brien penalty late in the game was the final scoring act as the final whistle sparked scenes of joy among the large Tullow support.

Richard Nicholls of Tullow RFC scores the first try against Skerries during the Provincial Towns Cup Final