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Bray sweating over Louis's hand injury Newbridge nous gives reason for optimism

Pres Bray openside Louis O'Flynn-Martin could be out of their mouth-watering quarter-final tie against Clongowes Wood College with a hand injury suffered in the 27-0 whitewash of St Patrick's Navan at Coolmine RFC.

Wings Daire Henderson and Diarmuid Cassidy flew to the line and blindside Oisin Moran and tight-head Conor Pearse crashed through for the tries.

This is not the end of the road for St Patrick's. They have already won the Duff (Section A) Junior Cup, beating Skerries last Friday, and they are pencilled in to play in the (Section B) Fr Godfrey Cup semi-final in the coming weeks.

Their openside Matthew Clarke was a big loss last week with a dislocated shoulder and they had strong performers in flanker Stephen Keelan and centre Gareth McGrane.



'Knock's change at 10 helps see off Gonzaga

It was a tale of the two 10s for Castleknock College as the starter, Paul O'Connell, the boy with the famous name, had to slip to centre when vice-captain Darragh Henry appeared early on from the bench in their 28-3 defeat of Gonzaga at Ashbourne RFC.

Both boys played their part, with each dropping goals, Henry's off his weaker left foot, an unusual sight at this level, and captain Jack O'Neill stamped his class all over the game with a brace of tries and a general all-round command of midfield play.

For 'Zaga, hooker Paddy Finlay led by example in the tight, lock Dylan Viaina-Walsh worked every inch of the pitch and wing Daniel Dwyer covered the ground well, always putting the tackler down.



Newbridge nous gives reason for optimism

Leinster League winners Newbridge College will fancy their chances of unsettling the champions Terenure College in their quarter-final as they bounded through the first round against CBC Monkstown (22-0) at Anglesea Road.

There was a lot to like about their domination of Monkstown where their talked-about backline ran with power and precision for full-back Matthew Madigan, wings Paddy Kyne and Ivan Briody and scrum-half Mark Sutton to hit home for their four tries. Monkstown battled bravely in defeat.

Number eight Andrew Brennan carried the ball with everything he had all game long. Wing Michael Courtney tackled like a tiger. Centre Daniel Jordan was a rock in defence.


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