Thursday 24 August 2017

Norse sets early tone as Glendalough take final spot

A fast start from East Glendalough, yielding tries for lock Daniel Norse and wing Luke Daunt-Smith, was more than half the battle in their 15-8 win over CBS Naas in their Section A semi-final at Ballycorus.

The Kildare side started the second half -- at 15-3 in arrears -- in the vein they perhaps should have started the first.

They dominated possession after the interval, with No 8 Ryan Pearse crashing over in what was an exciting contest, but East Glendalough held on.

Skerries Community College, meanwhile, made use of their first-half wind advantage to build up a lead and sealed the issue when centre Paul O'Connor glided over for the first of his two tries in a 31-14 win over De La Salle Churchtown at Coolmine RFC.

Skerries moved into a 19-0 lead with tries from wing Jack Boyd, flanker Ian Harford and O'Connor, two of which were converted by captain Robbie Jenkinson, before DLS mounted a brave comeback inspired by tries from full-back Kevin Burke and No 8 Aaron Kelly.

Sandford Park saw off Maynooth Post-Primary 37-7 to qualify for a semi-final crack at Skerries Community College at Barnhall RFC yesterday.

This replay was in complete contrast to the 13-13 draw between the sides last week, as full-back John McNaughton struck for two of the six tries.

The other tries came from wing Rob Foley, scrum-half James Orr, hooker Josh Cowan and centre Jamie Scanlon against a converted reply from Maynooth full-back James Walsh.

  • Scotland's reward for causing the upset of the weekend and beating world champions South Africa 21-17 is a two-place climb to sixth in the latest IRB world rankings, with Ireland dropping to seventh place.

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