Sunday 22 October 2017

Sport in brief: Keenan stars in Andrew's romp

Centre Stephen Keenan and out-half Luke De Renzy shared five of the six tries in St Andrew's College's impressive 40-0 whitewash of Wilson's Hospital in the Leinster Schools (Section B) Fr Godfrey Junior Cup first round yesterday.

The gulf in class was evident early on on the all-weather pitch at Belfield as St Andrew's played into a stiff breeze. Keenan had wrapped up his hat-trick by the 35th minute with a blistering amalgam of pace and power.

The classy De Renzy showed clever running lines as he finished with 20 points from his brace and five conversions, with left-wing Alex Pierce completing the rout against a Wilson's side that could not win enough ball for their skillful out-half Ruban Pepper-Hobbs and elusive full-back Andrew Coade.

Tennis

LIMERICK'S Sam Barry has struck another mighty blow for Irish tennis by qualifying for the boys' doubles final in the ITF U-18 Grade 1 Loy Yang Open in Trarolgan, Australia.

Hot on the heels of Louk Sorensen's first-round win in the Australian Open, Barry and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan, who are unseeded, shocked the No 3 seeds Liang-Chi Huang and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4 6-1 in the semi-final.

In the quarter-final, the pair pulled off an even bigger upset, dumping out the No 1 seeds Kevin Krawietz and Dominik Schulz 6-3 4-6 20-18.

In the final, Barry, who is preparing for next week's Australian Junior Open, and McLachlan will take on unseeded James Duckworth and Benjamin Mitchell.

Cycling

Andre Greipel won the first stage of the Tour Down Under yesterday, while Lance Armstrong finished among the peloton in 46th place after a "fairly uneventful day".

German sprinter Greipel won a stage in 2008, but his promising 2009 campaign ended after only three stages when he was seriously injured in a collision with a parked police motorbike.

The worst of his injuries was a broken collarbone which kept him out for four months.

Greipel said he no longer thinks about the crash after he broke from a bunched sprint to win the 88-mile stage between the rural towns of Clare and Tanunda north of Adelaide.

Gert Steegmans took second place for Armstrong's new Radioshack Team, making its official ProTour debut.

Irish Independent

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