Terenure aim to repeat form of win over Roscrea
Wednesday, February 24, Terenure College v St Michael's College, Donnybrook 3.0
Before a ball had been launched, Terenure and Roscrea, the League winners, were identified as two of the schools most likely to put it up to the holders.
Ultimately, 'Nure had far too much in the locker as they hammered out a 31-15 beating to Cistercian College.
It did take them some time to find their stride, falling behind three times before they came through with 24 unanswered points in the final quarter.
There was composure and character about the way they got on top physically, led by No 8 Sean Daly and the driving play of hooker Lev Vaughan. They gave the impression that they will get better with every round.
St Michael's wing Zach Harrison stole the show with a hat-trick from their 44-12 win over St Gerard's. It is closer to the action where the Aylesbury Road school will have to make the impact required to free up the likes of Harrison and ace centre Christopher Cosgrave.
The lack of bulk up front is compensated for by the leadership of captain Mark Hernan, the visibility of second-row Jonathan Fish and go-forward of No 8 Ben Gannon.
Half-backs Robert Gilsenan and Niall Carroll will be charged with dispensing the ball carefully and accurately.