Classy O'Donoghue on the double as Clongowes send Kilkenny packing
Clongowes Wood 34 Kilkenny College 15
Ireland Schools coach Noel McNamara's Clongowes Wood had to shake off the biting cold and their own inaccuracies to overcome Kilkenny at NUIM Maynooth.
It was a stop-start affair, with wing James Lappin's third-minute try putting the Clane school in front.
Kilkenny made their own luck from a Clongowes '22' for centre Dylan Kelso to snatch a try, captain Craig Miller converting for 7-5.
Clongowes produced the best try of the game from wing Cian O'Donoghue, but Miller hit back with a penalty to make it 12-10.
The binning of Clongowes captain Fergal Cleary could have been a way back into the lead for Kilkenny; instead, Cleary returned without a point conceded before Alan Hughes kicked a penalty and No 8 Mark Jones pounced for a try to make it 20-10 at half-time.
O'Donoghue's strength in the tackle and Cleary's eye for space created the opening for lock Jake Kennedy to go over after the break and O'Donoghue scored a fifth try late on ahead of Jason Melbourne's fine consolation.
Clongowes Wood – A Hughes; J Lappin (D Kiely 43), C Mulcahy, C Burke, C O'Donoghue; F Cleary (capt), R Osborne (J Glynn 57); N Rinklin (J Inglis 55), J Molony (C Godson 55), D O'Leary (J Lyons 68), C Gleeson, J Kennedy, W Connors, J Pim (E Tyrrell 68), M Jones.
Kilkenny – L O'Sullivan; J Melbourne (S Sunderlan 70), D Kelso, O Bradley, B Deverell ( C Varian 58); I Atkinson, C Miller (capt); W Oakes (S Beattie 70), M Triggs (A Stephenson 67), M Mulhall (B Young 67); G Hastings (A Awonusi h-t), F Dyer; R Whitford, S Pim, R Stanley (J Bulfin 44).
REF – J Montayne (Leinster Branch).