Thursday 29 September 2016

Pres' can push 'Rock all the way

Friday, February 26, Presentation College, Bray v Blackrock College, Donnybrook, 3.0

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

'While Pres' have been inconsistent this season, they have the individual talent to push 'Rock all the way' Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)
'While Pres' have been inconsistent this season, they have the individual talent to push 'Rock all the way' Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)

This has all the hallmarks of the tie of the round.

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Okay, Blackrock have been rightly installed as strong favourites as they go in search of their fourth straight crown and their 50th in total.

They never really moved out of second gear in getting past St Mary's 32-3 as their two most impressive forwards, No 8 Ed Brennan and lock Cian Duffy, both bagged a brace of tries.

The combination of size and speed allied to the 'Rock way of playing to width makes them difficult to defend against and their captain Gavin Jones is a focal point for their attack and defence.

While Pres' have been inconsistent this season, they have the individual talent to push 'Rock all the way.

The question is: can they bring it all together when it matters most?

The Bray boys were guilty of over-complicating the game-plan in the 13-8 first-round defeat of gallant Gonzaga.

They have real class at out-half in Mick O'Gara, punch from ball carrying No 8 Ciaran McKay and body-stopping defence from blindside Sam Graham.

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