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Sports Roundup Friday 15th March 2019

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Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup: Newbridge College 7 Blackrock College 40.
Our Juniors faced Blackrock College in the semi final of this year’s Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup on Monday in front of a huge crowd in Donnybrook. 

 Blackrock had accounted for Belvedere College and Terenure College in their previous two outings so were clear favourites going into this game. However, we started with an excellent set of phases after a great Cael Chanders catch from the kick off. We forced a penalty, won a great lineout which led to Harry Farrell breaking clear who in turn fed Lucas Berti to score under the posts and we were 7 nil up. Blackrock piled on the pressure and were soon on level terms afters a good attacaking phase.  They scored again half way through the first moiety to take a 12 7 lead.  We responded very well and camped in the Blackrock 22 for the last 10 minutes of the half.  Harry Rigney was getting through some great ball carries while he was ably supported by captain Sam Fitzgibbon and No. 8 Kieran Kelly.  However, we failed to capitalise on this superiority and were unlucky to concede a scrum penalty which aided Blackrock in clearing their lines.

In the second half, Blackrock changed their tactics and looked to play at a much higher pace and its fair to say that it worked very well for them.  Soon it was 19:7 after a really well worked try.  We lost Lucas Berti to a sinbin soon after and Rock took full advantage of the extra man, adding two quick tries to stretch the lead to 33:7 and end the game as a contest. We never dropped our heads and played right until the final whistle but ended our involvement in this year’s competition.  This group of players can be extremely proud of their achievements this year, winning the Leinster League and reaching the Cup semi-final must be seen as a tremendous season so well done to each and every member of this year’s squad.  We wish Blackrock well in the final against St Michael’s College.

Junior B League: Newbridge College v Wilson’s Hospital
Newbridge pulled off a hard fought win against Wilson’s Hospital in the Leinster schools B league.  The game was played in very windy conditions with Wilson’s Hospital leading at the half time break by 19 points to 12.  Wilson’s had the wind behind them and managed to use it to great effect for most of the half.  They kept the ball alive and managed to keep Newbridge on their toes. Two tries were scored by their excellent No. 12 and their forwards scored another by crashing over from a ruck close to the line.  Newbridge scored two excellent team tries with backs and forwards combining into the wind.  The second half was dominated by Newbridge and they scored another 19 points unanswered.  Excellent for Newbridge were scrumhalf Tom Bohan and prop Finn Mahon.  Newbridge now progress as winners of the group to the quarter finals with home advantage in their next match.

The Senior squad headed to Naas RFC to face the Leinster Youths team. The Youths struck first blood with an excellent use of the space out wide and touched down under the posts for a 7-0 lead. The College hit back with tries from Muiris Cleary and Jack Hannon and with Sam Cahill converting the latter they headed into the break, following a tight but very entertaining half of rugby, with a 12-7 lead.

The second half saw a continuation of the quality rugby from both sides. However, two clinically executed moves, one in the open and one a rolling maul off a lineout, saw Cleary, with arguably the try of the game following great play and offload from Jordan Nolan, and Diarmuid Mangan bag five pointers. Again, Cahill converted one from two. As the momentum looked to be all with the College, the Youths pounced on some lax play by the College at the restart and hit right back with seven points. They quickly followed this up with a brilliantly crafted try to cut the College lead to 24-17. The game was in the balance and while the Youths came close to scoring on a number of occasions, it was the College who had the final say. Nolan got five points for his efforts to stretch the College out to a 29-17 lead and that’s how it stayed for the remainder of the game.  A thoroughly entertaining game in which both sides showed some real quality. Notable mentions go to Jack Hannon, Cormac Stopes and Shane Fata.

Ellers v Cistercian College Roscrea
The Ellers A and B first year teams travelled to Cistercian College Roscrea (CCR) on Wednesday the 13th of March. Both teams were met by tough, big, physical and well drilled CCR teams. In each match a similar pattern took place, with the Ellers players matching the physical challenge of their larger opponents while seeking space and exploiting a deeper skills base. Both matches were equal scores at half time with the final result on each pitch in the balance.  The greater pace, game tempo and back-line potency of both Ellers sides told in the second halves. Both teams took home victories over top class opposition, following stern tests of their character, resolve and resilience which they passed with flying colours.

The B's emerged victorious in a narrow 26-21 win and top performers for them were Paddy Martin, Ross Feighan, Cathal White, Eanna Sherlock, Charlie Davis and Dara O'Beirne.

The A's 'bossed' the second half, exploiting space out wide through using quicker and cleaner ruck ball. Best for the A's were David Mawhood, Ruairi Munnelly, Max Kennedy, Shane Davitt, Christian Barry and Paddy Taylor.

Other Results: Senior 1st 29 Leinster Youths 17; Senior 3rds 55 Terenure 47.


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