Roscrea get Senior Cup defence off to a flyer
Cistercian Roscrea 22 Kilkenny College 6
Cistercian College Roscrea got their defence of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup off to a successful start in a wet and windy Portarlington yesterday.
The shocking conditions meant this was never going to be a flowing, classic game of rugby. This was always going to boil down to a war of attrition between two packs, and on this occasion CCR just about edged it.
Kilkenny might have opened the scoring in the fourth minute but Joshua Miller saw his kick drift agonisingly wide of the target. But the out half made amends two minutes later when he dropped a goal after good pressure from his forward.
Roscrea’s impressive full back Alan Tynan levelled affairs in the ninth minute after Kilkenny were penalised for collapsing a scrum.
Miller put Kilkenny back in front in the 21st minute with a penalty but all the while Roscrea were growing into the game. Their pack was laid the foundation and crossed the line only to see the ball held up.
And with half time approaching, from a five metre scrum, number eight Simon Meagher broke, fed scrum half Keith Kavanagh and his pop pas sent over Michael Milne for the try. Tynan’s conversion from wide on the right split the posts and Roscrea went into the break leading 10-6.
That lead was extended seven minutes after the restart when Finnian Wycherley won a line out and from the rolling maul prop Dylan Murphy broke away to score a try.
To their credit, Kilkenny never gave up and enjoyed their fair share of possession in the second half but a stern Roscrea defence could not be broken down.
The champions finished in style and having laid siege to the Kilkenny line eventually broke through for lock Wycherley to score, while Tynan added the conversion.
Roscrea: A. Tynan, D. Keane, P. O’Shea (B. Hyland), S. Hastings, J. Murphy (D. Treacy), R. Gaffney, K. Kavanagh (D. Mackey), M. Milne (R. Lomas), E. Maher, D. Murphy, F. Wycherley, A. Murphy (C. Walsh), B. Diffley (J. Canning), J. Brandon (J. Culligan), S. Meagher.
Kilkenny: G. Holmes, P. Deane, D. Bradley, J. Ridgeway, A. Oakes (B. O’Sullivan), J. Miller, S. Levie (A. Crossley), G. Talbot (W. Rothwell), J. Leybourne, G. Chapman (J. Delahunty), G. Parr, L. Stevens (F. Connolly), G. Dudley, R. Pim (S. Dudley), A. Awonusi.
Referee: C. Wardrop (LBIRFU)
Munster Schools Junior Cup
Ard Scoil Ris 18
St Clement’s 12
Ard Scoil Ris got the better of a plucky St Clement’s to qualify for the quarter final of the Munster schools junior cup.
In a game switched from Thomond Park to the 4G pitch at the University Of Limerick Ard Scoil survived against a St Clement’s team who were drubbed by PBC in the prevous round but showed great composure on this occasion.
Indeed St Clement’s led 7-0 at halftime thanks to a try by centre Alex Marshall which Alan Kiely converted.
An upset seemed like at that stage but a penalty by Adam McNamara and a try by Stephen Cleary, converted by Gerard Higgins, had Ard Scoil in front.
St Clement’s refused to lie down and were back in front when Adam Kiely had a gtry but Ard Scoil finished the stronger with a penalty by Gerard Higgins and a try by Jack Ward-Murphy.
They weathered a late effort by Clement’s as the Ferdia Lyons led Ard Scoil booked their slot in the quarter finals.
Ard Scoil Ris: M Gaule; K Dineen, D O’Byrne, S Long, G Hanrahan; A McNamara, E Sherlock; E Healy, S Cleary, F Lyons; M Daly, G Power; J Ward-Murphy, R Barry, L Barry.
St Clement’s College: Adam Kiely; C Morrissey, A Marshall, J O’Rahilly, C Carroll; E Barrett, E O’Regan; C Heelan, G Burke-O’Dwyer, D Maher; P McNamara, R Williams; S Duggan, Alex Kiely, A Ahern.