Kilkenny could not hang on for a crucial victory on Saturday afternoon in Division 1A of the Leinster League against Seapoint.
The away team came from 12-0 behind in the second half tom win 12-17 as Kilkenny could not cling on for what would have been a crucial home victory.
The Leinster League resumed this weekend following a break over the October bank holiday weekend.
And while the J2 game between these two sides was unfortunately not contested, there was a tight and grueling affair for spectators to get invested in at the home of Kilkenny RFC on Saturday afternoon.
Sustained early pressure from Kilkenny finally paid dividends when fly-half Jake Pratley crossed under the posts after a period of good build-up play from the home side. Pratley made no mistake with an easy conversion attempt to put his side 7-0 ahead.
That was the only score of a tentative and at times turgid first half as Kilkenny took their seven-point lead into the second period.
It was Kilkenny who once again started the second half the stronger of the two sides and they converted their attacking threat into points on the scoreboard as centre Jake McDonald scored their second try of the afternoon off the back of a strong maul and some fine handling from the backs.
12-0 behind, the away team finally got on the scoresheet after a good finish following their best spell in the game. That try was converted to make it a five-point game.
And it was Seapoint who grew from strength-to-strength as they followed up their opening scores of the game with another converted try and a late penalty sealed a big victory on the road.
Despite late pressure, Kilkenny could not regain the lead and will feel that they left the points behind them in a game that they controlled for large periods.