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Thursday 14 December 2017

Foy and Hutchinson set Belvo on way to comfortable victory

Belvedere College 28 Wesley College 3

Jack Hutchinson, Belvedere College, dives over to score his side's second try despite the tackle of David Poff, Wesley College
Jack Hutchinson, Belvedere College, dives over to score his side's second try despite the tackle of David Poff, Wesley College

Second-quarter tries by Adam Foy and Josh Hutchinson laid the foundations for Belvedere in Balbriggan as they eased into the quarter-finals.

Rank outsiders Wesley missed an excellent opportunity to open the scoring as James O'Donovan's 35-metre penalty fell short, and Belvo broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when scrum-half Foy charged down a clearance, before touching down.

Conor Jennings added a fine conversion and he also supplied the extras when hooker Hutchinson went over after a majestic reverse pass by wing Sean Long.

A close-range penalty by O'Donovan offered Wesley a glimmer of hope at the break, trailing 14-3, but the result was put beyond any doubt mid-way through the second half when full-back Sean McCullagh knifed through for another converted try.

Bustling second-row Cameron McCrum secured Belvo's fourth try seven minutes from time, and with the dependable Jennings once more converting, the north Dubliners' passage to the last-eight was comfortably sealed.

BELVEDERE COLLEGE – S McCullagh (F O'Meara 65); J McKeon, C Clifford, M White, S Long (R Duignan 60); C Jennings, A Foy (G O'Kelly 66); C Marrie (L Browne 53), J Hutchinson (A Hynes 65), B Lysaght (M Sweeney 53); C McCrum, N Turley; J McGauran, T Keane (C Keane 63), J Doyle (C Peet 38).

WESLEY COLLEGE – A Curry; A McDonnell, D Poff, L Madeley (G Hughes 40), T Walsh; J O'Donovan (M Strong 40-47), J Maybury; A Garvey, A Chandler, P Cullen; S Dalby, J Pratt; K Fitzmaurice (S Carmody 53), J Hopkins, D Kelly (J Brownlow 53).

REF – B Montayne (Leinster Branch).

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