We start this week by commiserating with our Senior Cup Team, who after a whirlwind week, were knocked out of the Leinster Senior Cup at the hands of Gonzaga College.
It all started last Monday when they took on Wesley College in a replay of their Vinny Murray Cup 1st Round tie. This time North Kildare in Kilcock was the venue and both schools brought large crowds to spur on their respective teams. Wesley had the best start possible when front row Ivan Campbell scored a try inside 5 minutes.
This win meant that we faced Gonzaga three days later in the second round, ssurely something that the Branch have to take a look at. Played in Clongowes in Clane, once again a large crowd was on hand to witness a great game of rugby. Gonzaga started very well and displayed an excellent ability to keep the ball for long periods of time without making mistakes. Newbridge defended well and then went about building some of their own attacks. During this time, Gonzaga were penalised twice and Ronan Skehan converted two penalties to put Newbridge up 6 : 0. It looked as though that would be the half time score until Gonzaga’s openside flanker broke clear from half way to score under the posts. Half time. The second half started as the first ended, with Gonzaga capitalising on a mix up off the back of a scrum to again run clear for another try and extend their lead to 14 : 6. This gave them to comfort zone to play some excellent rugby but again the Newbridge defence stood up to the challenge. They did give up two kickable penalties which saw Gonzaga go further ahead. And that was to be the end of the scoring with the Dublin school winning 20 : 6. Even in defeat, our Senior team and coaching staff together with captain Daniel Jennings and are to be congratulated for their gutsy performance and thanked for representing the College so well in this year’s competition.
Now the mantle passes to our Junior team who start their Cup quest with a match against St. Gerard’s of Bray. This game takes place on Wednesday 30th of Jan so we wish them all the very best. A quarter final place in this year’s Cup awaits the winner.