COLAISTE BHRIDE out-half James Nolan was the playmaker and major score-taker in the 19-0 defeat of a battling Scoil Conglais in the Leinster Schools Development Senior Cup first round at Oak Park, Carlow yesterday afternoon.
This was the only encounter out of four scheduled for yesterday to survive the weather conditions and Nolan was a class apart, puncturing Conglais for two tries and two conversions, Seán Roche running in the third for the Carnew boys.
Scrum-half Eoin Bartley was the architect of St Mel's College's 28-7 victory over Athboy Community School in the Development Junior Cup first round at Longford RFC.
There was a lot to like about the way St Mel's got into their stride in the three-quarter line, using the ball intelligently to create openings in the wide channels.
Bartley, an accurate goal-kicker, provided all four conversions to tries from wing Brian Harte, centre Ryan Moffitt, flanker Peter Kirk and himself for a personal tally of 13 points.
Coláiste Chill Mhantáin ran riot for eight tries against St Brendan's College out in Bray with prop Bailey Faught and number eight Jason O'Neill each pinching a brace of tries.
Captain Alex Porter kicked five conversions and added a try to those of wing Adam Diaz, flanker Patrick Nixon and replacement centre Stephen Acres.
Chill Mhantáin will renew rivalry with Coláiste Bhríde in the second round - they lost to Bhríde in a recent friendly - and will look to their squad to gel together under the inspiration of O'Neill and prop David Nicholson.