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Blaney brothers bid to steer Terenure tilt Methody saved from a Royal Ulster upset

The Blaney brothers, Dermot and former Leinster hooker Brian, are part of the coaching ticket aimed at taking Terenure College to a second successive Leinster Junior Cup.

They were put to the pin of their collar by St Mary's College (8-6) on Sunday.

Pacy openside Patrick Thornton is the son of 'Nure stalwart Des and a brother to this year's senior centre Niall and last year's senior out-half James.

Eye-catching scrum-half Gary Clarkin showed plenty of the physicality that was the hallmark of his older brother Adam's involvement on the blindside for the Ireland Schools against Italy at Christmas.



Back row Kernan just makes it all look easy

St Mary's Ronan Kernan certainly refuses to accept the stereotypical role of a number eight. He lays claim to being a jack of all trades -- and master of them all too.

Kernan displayed a remarkable set of skills to do his basics at the base of the scrum, take over the responsibility for throwing into the lineout and kicking two superb penalties in the Rathmines school's narrow loss to Terenure in the Junior Cup on Sunday.



Methody saved from a Royal Ulster upset

Overwhelming favourites Methodist College were almost unseated at the first fence when Royal School, Armagh, came up one score short (13-6) at Pirrie Park in the Ulster Senior Cup fourth round.

Their points came from Ireland Schools duo Paddy Jackson, the nephew of former Blackrock College wing Michael, from out-half and their try-scoring prop Conor Carey.

The greatest danger to Methody could come from Ballymena Academy, who were emphatic 22-3 winners at Limavady Grammar, with Ireland Schools centre Charlie Simpson their most dangerous weapon.

FIXTURES

Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final: Castleknock v St Michael's, Donnybrook Sunday 3.0.

Ulster Senior Cup quarter-finals (Saturday, February 20, first team to play at home): Ballymena Academy v Friends' School; Methodist College v Ballyclare High; Wallace High v Regent House; BRA v Dalriada.


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