Tuesday 26 September 2017

All-action Lawton inspires 'Rock stroll

BLACKROCK COLLEGE 39
WESLEY COLLEGE 0
Leinster Schools Junior Cup Q/F

Prop Ryan Murphy and wing Eoin Conlon each struck for a brace of tries in Blackrock's seven-try whitewash of Wesley at Donnybrook yesterday.

In a match played mostly under the fall of snow, 'Rock did not waste any time feeling out the opposition. Murphy surged to the line in the fifth minute.

Full-back James O'Neill's dazzling footwork was all too much for Wesley and slick offloading opened the way for Conlon to accelerate into the right corner by the 16th minute.

It was all one-way traffic despite the superb work of Wesley blindside Jurgen Steinbach and teak-tough centres Rob Bracken and Andrew Walsh. Still, Murphy was on hand for his second and replacement Jonathan Cassidy went over unopposed for a 27-0 lead at the break.

Busy-as-a-bee centre Stephen Lawton was all action and he cut loose from 40 metres just after the interval, scrum-half Charlie Rock converting from beneath the posts.

From there on, Wesley put together the phases that kept 'Rock out of the danger zone without ever having enough gas in the tank to threaten at the other end of the field.

However, Lawton was in merciless form, always looking for an opening. He found one such moment to release Conlon for the seventh and final try in injury-time to set-up a semi-final tilt at either St Michael's or Castleknock.

Blackrock College -- J O'Neill; E Conlon, I Kinsley, S Lawton, C Donnelly (S Coughlan 64); G Tynan(J Cassidy 27), C Rock (G Ringrose 61); O Jager, D Fortune (T Cooke 32), R Murphy (M Colgan h-t), G Fenn (R Hughes 49), C Murray, R Tyrrell (P Aylward h-t), D O'Flynn (capt), R Crotty.

Wesley College -- P Barrett (J Nicholl h-t); H Cresswell, R Bracken, A Walsh, K Jameson; T Hawe ( L Madeley 63), A Copeland (A Cole 64); L Gillespie (B Canning 68), S Pollock ( K Sweeney 64), D Gillespie, D Hunt (C Douglas 64), E Parfrey, J Steinbach, R White, O Brooks (capt, A Verso 50).

Ref -- K Beggs (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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