Friday 23 February 2018

In brief: McCullagh leads Belvedere romp

Belvedere crushed Presentation College Bray 51-10 yesterday to move seamlessly through to a mouth-watering Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final against Newbridge College.

Pres were hit with the loss of three first-team players, most notably their out-half Conor Byrne, close to match day in this delayed first-round tie at Anglesea Road. There was little anyone could have done, though, given the gulf in standard.

Belvo rolled out to a 36-3 lead by the break as their centre Sean McCullagh, with a hat-trick, and wing Jordan Mulvaney, who poached a pair, went on a free-running rampage.

The Bray boys were full of renewed vigour on the resumption, centre Daire Henderson at the hub of their best moves. His offload sent left-winger Gary Tobin haring in around the posts for their only try in the 40th minute. Sam Kenny converted.

It was not so much the start of a comeback as a wake-up call to Belvedere. They rattled off further tries from lock Patrick Foley, full-back Conor Clifford, within a minute of each other and, finally, the sealer by replacement wing Fiachra O'Meara bursting over on the right.

Belvedere College -- C Clifford (B Farrell 60); S Cole (F O'Meara 44), S McCullagh, N Turley, J Mulvaney; M White, A Foy (L Holden 58); L Browne, N Jennings, B Lysaght (M Murphy 54), M Hanlon, P Foley, J Doyle (R Brennan 60), T Keane (J McGauran 44), J Hutchinson (J Griffin 58).

Pres Bray -- S Kenny; G Glover (J Kelly 39), C Martin, D Henderson, G Tobin; S Kirwan, J Lawrence; M Thompson (capt), S Maloney (R Treacy 67), C Pearse (D Molloy 67), P Moran, R Ashworth, M Burton, J Walsh ( B Gonouya 25), H Armstrong (J Fitzsimons 67).

Ref -- S Gallagher (Leinster Branch).

Sheridan ruled out of English Grand Slam bid

Andrew Sheridan will miss the climax of England's Grand Slam quest after it was confirmed the calf injury he suffered against France will keep him sidelined for at least a month.

The injury-plagued loose-head prop was replaced by Alex Corbisiero just 22 minutes into England's 17-9 victory last weekend and scans have confirmed a grade two tear.

Unbeaten England host Scotland a week on Saturday and then travel to Dublin in the last round of the championship.

Cipriani fined over nightclub incident

Former England out-half Danny Cipriani has been fined by Melbourne Rebels over a nightclub incident and warned that he will be stood down if he transgresses further.

Cipriani was fined one match payment for helping himself to a bottle of alcohol at a nightclub in the early hours of the morning after the Rebels' heavy loss to the Waratahs in their inaugural Super 15 outing on February 18.

Rebels coach Rod Macqueen said the penalty was determined by the club management with the approval of the players' standards group.

"We're all disappointed but I think it's been handled well," said Macqueen. "The players' representatives have looked at that, they've basically supported the club and they've worked with Danny."

Irish Independent

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