Friday 20 October 2017

Hodgins does the trick for Kilkenny

Kilkenny College 30 CBC Monkstown 0

Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College breaks away. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College breaks away. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Matthew Hodgins was the hat-trick hero as Kilkenny beat Monkstown at Donnybrook to clinch their place in the quarter-finals.

The full-back's greatest strength was his support lines, showing up in the right place at the right time to put the finishing touches to the fine work of his three-quarters.

The rangy Hodgins struck in the tenth, 33rd and last minutes in what was an athletic display of his ability and how his forwards caused the CBC defence to narrow by punching up the middle.

Out-half Charlie Tector orchestrated their attack well and wing Adam Strong picked up the fourth try in an impressive performance.

Kilkenny College players celebrate at the final whistle. Photo: Joe Sweeney/Sportsfile
Kilkenny College players celebrate at the final whistle. Photo: Joe Sweeney/Sportsfile

CBC were unable to register a score, which owed much to Kilkenny's watertight defence, despite the best efforts of captain Liam Forster and the never-say-die attitude of the rest of his forward pack.

Kilkenny college - M Hodgins; A Strong (F Grace 48), J Crossley, R Strong (C Birney 57), R Jacob; C Tector (D O'Neill 53), J Coyle; S Neale (D Whitford 48), D O'Reilly (capt) (A Holmes 58), C Chamney (R Armitage 58), L Fennell (C Meenagh 41), D Watchorn (S Treacy 58), N Pim, G Culbert, C Reynolds.

CBC Monkstown - M Noone; A Lee (J Brindley 58), J Finnegan, A Kilroy (M Newman 57), R Browne (F Moloney 58); E Quinn, S Cronin; C Eivers (L Whelan 45), S Flannery (C McCoy 58), N Burke (C Meghan 56), J Reynolds, J Palmer, M Donnelly (R Clarke 56), L Forster (capt), C Anderson (J McCann 43).

Ref - S Carty (Leinster Branch)

Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College in action against James Finnegan of CBC Monkstown. Photo: Joe Sweeney/Sportsfile
Matthew Hodgins of Kilkenny College in action against James Finnegan of CBC Monkstown. Photo: Joe Sweeney/Sportsfile

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