Running rugby order of the day as competition hots up in South Dublin
This season's South Dublin Cup is well and truly under way with 280 boys battling it out for the chance to be crowned champions. The South Dublin Cup is a competition that has been running in South Dublin County Council over the last few seasons.
The standard has always been improving and the number of players taking part has steadily been on the increase. This year has seen over 280 players participating in the boys' side of the cup which is the highest we've ever had play in the competition.
Round 1 of the event was moved to Leinster Rugby's Donnybrook stadium on the new 4G surfaces. This, along with fine weather conditions, made for a day of outstanding running rugby. The level of skill on show, particularly from those in their first competitive outing, was simply phenomenal.
Our Junior competition saw St MacDaras, Firhouse Community School, St Colmcilles, Colaiste Chiaran, Confey College and Holy Family Rathcoole battle it out with Colaiste Chiaran and St Colmcilles finishing unbeaten in some very exciting tussles in perfect conditions.
The Senior South Dublin Cup saw seven schools take part. Firhouse Community College, St. MacDara's Community College, Oaklands Community College, St. Benildus College, Tallaght Community School, Holy Family Community School and Old Bawn Community College all compete on the day.
Massive credit is due to all the teachers and coaches who have instilled a real culture of running rugby and spreading the ball. All players in the competition have shown real heart and determination which has ensured that this season's South Dublin Cup has been the most exciting we've ever seen.
With the South Dublin Cup now progressing to the Semi-finals stage, Leinster Rugby would like to wish all teams still involved the best of luck.
Semi-final 1 - Coláiste Chiaráin v Confey College
Semi-final 2 - St Colmcilles v St MacDaras
Semi-final 1 - St Benildus College v St MacDaras
Semi-final 2 - Tallaght Community School v Holy Family