Thursday 20 July 2017

Cosgrave points way for Saints

St Michael's College 75 Kilkenny College 7

Lee Barron of St. Michael's College is tackled by Ross Jacob of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Lee Barron of St. Michael's College is tackled by Ross Jacob of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Christopher Cosgrave collected 38 points from St Michael's 11-try destruction of Kilkenny in this Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final at Donnybrook.

There is no argument that this is the finest collective to emerge from the Aylesbury school with Cosgrave their leading man as he scored four tries, all from distance, and nine conversions, from a variety of angles.

Zach Harrison of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Zach Harrison of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

They have an array of threats with inside centre Tim Gilsenan and No 8 Jack Boyle each striking for a double.

The general consensus from a number of professional coaches in attendance was that there has never been a better group at this grade in the province. Leinster League finalists Kilkenny gave it everything they had in the face of constant attack, prop Scott Neale and full-back Matthew Hodgins outstanding in defence.

Their out-half Charlie Tector carried the fight for a converted try in the 45th minute.

The heaviest of favourites have drawn Newbridge in one semi-final with old rivals Blackrock and Belvedere set for the other on Monday and Tuesday of March 13 and 14.

Jeffrey Woods of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Jeffrey Woods of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

 

St Michael's - E Kelly (H McWade 40); S O'Kelly (S O'Shea ht), C Cosgrave, T Gilsenan, Z Harrison; N Carroll, J Woods (J Gali 40); L Barron (B Cuddy 40), C Booth (C Baird 40), J Power (B Quigley 36), S Woods, J Guinane, O Hurley (J Egan 36), W Hickey (capt, H Stapleton 50), J Boyle.

Kilkenny - M Hodgins; A Strong, J Crossley (F Grace 19 - temp), R Strong (D O'Neill 53) R Jacob (F Grace 40); C Tector, J Coyle (C Birney 55); S Neale (R Armitage 40), D O'Reilly (capt), C Chamney (D Whitford 55), D Watchorn (C Meenagh 40), L Fennell (A Holmes 55), N Pim (S Treacy 55), G Culbert, C Reynolds.

Ref - B Armstrong (Leinster Branch)

Cameron Baird of St. Michael's College is tackled by Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cameron Baird of St. Michael's College is tackled by Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Tim Gilsenan of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Tim Gilsenan of St. Michael's College is tackled by Adam Strong of Kilkenny College. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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