Kilkenny College captured their first Leinster Senior League trophy at the end of what was an epic ebb-and-flow 15-14 encounter with Castleknock College at a cold Donnybrook on Tuesday night.
What a way to avenge their 2000 defeat to Wesley College and 2001 loss to Castleknock. If they had to wait for their third chance at the title, it was certainly worth the wait.
While 'Knock looked to have superior class in the formidable presence of Ireland Age-Grade internationals Jack O'Neill and Tom Farrell, Kilkenny's collective bargaining power was decisive in the end.
Number eight Ross Deacon crashed over for the vital try beside the posts in the 64th minute and the unfortunate full-back, Simon Williams, pulled his hamstring as he clipped over the conversion.
From there, Castleknock applied pressure to camp out in the winners' 22, but they could not get over the line as Kilkenny defended heroically for captain Shane Delahunt -- their other try-scorer -- to lift the trophy.
Cistercian College Roscrea and CBC Monkstown will have to do it all over again as they finished 15-all in the Leinster Schools Junior League final on Tuesday afternoon.
The freezing temperature and wind made flowing rugby unlikely, but this did not prevent these sides from serving up a crackerjack match.
CBC jumped out to a 10-0 lead from a try by full-back Sean O'Donnell and placed balls by fly-half Ben Mahon, with the assistance of the elements.
This was wiped out when Roscrea number eight Peter Gavin twice split the CBC defence and out-half Tim Foley added a conversion and penalty to make it 15-10 in the 46th minute.
It was then that Monkstown displayed their grit to carry the ball into the wind for centre Dan Casey to shoot over in the right corner to ensure a replay, probably in the New Year.
St Patrick's CS Navan ruined St Finian's Mullingar dream of a first rugby trophy for the school with a dominating 22-3 win to take the Leinster Schools (Section A) Duff Junior Cup for the fourth time in five years at Maynooth yesterday.
The Meath boys were physically superior and this was made plain by the fact that openside Conor Farrell and number eight Conor Hand shared the four tries between them.
Both schools now go forward to the Fr Godfrey Cup, but St Finian's are still favourites to win the Development Junior Cup final in only their second year of rugby in the school.
LEINSTER SCHOOLS SENIOR LEAGUE FINAL
At Donnybrook -- Kilkenny College 15 (S Delahunt, R Deacon try each; S Williams pen, con); Castleknock College 14 (E Quinn try; R Troy 2 pens; E Hanlon pen).
LEINSTER SCHOOLS JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL
At Templeville Road -- Cistercian College Roscrea 15 (P Gavin 2 tries; T Foley pen, con); CBC Monkstown 15 (S O'Donnell, D Casey try each; B Mahon pen, con).
LEINSTER SCHOOLS DUFF JUNIOR CUP FINAL
At NUI Maynooth -- St Patrick's Navan 22 (C Hand, C Farrell 2 tries each; C Byrne con); St Finian's Mullingar 3 (Ronan Wallace pen).