The odds on St Michael's completing the Leinster Senior-Junior double are shortening with each passing day. The younger side will be favoured to subdue what is likely to be an unchanged Blackrock in the semi-final next Tuesday.
There is a selection issue over the No9 jersey as previous scrum-half Luke Martin had to give way to a groin injury for the 21-0 quarter-final win over Castleknock on Monday.
It gave Nick McCarthy the opportunity to step into the breach and show what he could do in the face of a massive 'Knock pack. He acquitted himself very well to leave a 50-50 call for the semi-final.
Brewer is a chip off the old block
Sometimes, but not always, it is in the genes. Terenure No8 Harrison Brewer, in his second year at Junior Cup level, put on a virtuoso display of backrow play in the 46-7 quarter-final win over Newbridge last Sunday.
Of course, it is common knowledge that his father Mike, the former Leinster and Scotland forwards coach, played for the All Blacks on 32 occasions as a backrow forward.
He was known at Otago and Canterbury as a no-nonsense No8 who wouldn't take a backward step. The same could be said of his son, Harrison, who also has the skills set to make things happen in attack.
Relief as Cormac returns home
Presentation Bray No8 Cormac O'Donoghue was left heavily concussed following the Leinster Junior Cup quarter-final against Clongowes Wood on Monday.
He was under observation in hospital on Tuesday evening but, thankfully, he was released and able to return to school yesterday.