Friday 9 December 2016

Duffy and Brennan lead 'Rock rout

Blackrock col 32 St Mary's Col 3

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

Cian Barry, St Mary's College, is tackled by Blackrock College's Ben White. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Cian Barry, St Mary's College, is tackled by Blackrock College's Ben White. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Blackrock College's Gavin Jones is tackled by Leon Berry-Walshe, for St Mary's College. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Matthew Flynn scores a try for Blackrock College, despite the challenge of Niall Hurley of St Mary's College. Photo credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Cian Duffy, Blackrock College, is tackled by St Mary's College Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Cian Duffy, Blackrock College, is tackled by Cian Barry, left, and Joe Nolan, from St Mary's College. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Lock Cian Duffy and No 8 Ed Brennan shared out Blackrock's four tries as they moved through to the quarter-final at Donnybrook yesterday.

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This could have been a lot worse were it not for Patrick McDermott's penalty to bring it back to 8-3 in the 13th minute after Duffy's try had put Blackrock in front.

St Mary's were going well at that point, despite Brennan's try from the base of a five-metre scrum to make it 15-3 at the break. Mary's lock Michael Connell even had the temerity to pull off an intercept, only to come up a metre short.

With that close shave went any trace of a shock as the power of 'Rock began to churn out the yards, and that was the basis for two more tries from Brennan in the 50th minute and Duffy in the 53rd.

Blackrock - B White; N Comerford (J Freeman 52), G Jones (capt), D Fitzgibbon, T D'Arcy; C Reilly (R O'Farrell 37), S Dunne (C Rolland 46); L Marshall (D McKeon 43), K McQuaid (T Handrick 43), L Mion (M Morrissey 52), J Corless, C Duffy (C O'Neill 52), M Flynn (S O'Brien 37), J Loscher, E Brennan.

St Mary's - C Barry; A Martin, M McEvoy (J McSharry 53), N Hurley (capt, C Synnott 52)), E Carey; H Fitzpatrick (J Tynan 52), A McEvoy (J Dooley 53); C Walshe, J Carvill (J Feehan 52), E Massey (H Matthews 50), P McDermott (H Grant 53), M Connell, I Wickham, J Nolan, L Berry-Walshe.

ref - D Keane (Leinster Branch).

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