Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kilkenny seeking final revenge

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

Tries from Ivan Jacob and Ivan Poole in the dying stages sealed Enniscorthy's place in the decider
Tries from Ivan Jacob and Ivan Poole in the dying stages sealed Enniscorthy's place in the decider

Kilkenny will be eager to avoid losing back-to-back finals when they take on Enniscorthy in tomorrow's decider at Cill Dara (3.30).

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The men from the Marble City were beaten 6-3 by Naas in last year's decider and should they win tomorrow, it would be their sixth title and their first since 2002.

Enniscorthy were the first winners of the tournament (1926) and they will be buoyed by their incredible semi-final comeback.

Up against Dundalk, Enniscorthy trailed 22-8 with 20 minutes left but tries from Ivan Jacob and Ivan Poole in the dying stages sealed their place in the decider.

Kilkenny will again be looking to their influential out-half Rory McInerney to pull the strings, just as he did in their comprehensive victory over Clondalkin in their last four meeting.

Their captain David O'Connor is a powerful ball carrier and with both teams impressing up front throughout the tournament, it may well come down to the battle of the forwards.

Driven on by the pain of last year, Kilkenny - who won Division 1B of the Leinster League this year - will be looking to erase the pain of last year by beating 1A's runners up.

Verdict: Kilkenny

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