Monday 23 October 2017

In Brief: Power surge drives St Gerard's

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

Rugby: A late surge from captain Daniel Power electrified St Gerard's in a 21-16 come-from-behind first Leinster Schools Junior League final victory over Newbridge College at Templeville Road.

Newbridge right-wing Johnny Deane sped around the outside of the St Gerard's cover to touch down in the sixth minute and out-half Tom Connolly's penalty made it a two-score game in the 24th minute. St Gerard's wiped out the deficit with a try by Power just before half-time and a Mark Baker penalty just after.

Connolly and Baker kicked penalties before Power charged hard to set up flanker Stephen Burke and lock Tom Dempsey for a pair of tries in the last 10 minutes. Replacement hooker Niall Stapleton provided a consolation try for the 'Bridge in injury-time.

Elsewhere, St Fintan's High School qualified for the Leinster Schools McMullen Cup final for the first time, wing Dan Dowling leading the way with two of their four tries in the 30-23 win over East Glendalough at Seapoint RFC.

The Sutton boys played well in windy conditions, full-back Nicky Ussher and centre Mark O'Driscoll supplying tries and fly-half Andrew Feeney kicking the points. The Wicklow school answered with tries by centre Niall Donnelly and flanker Philip Snell and 13 points from their No 10 Fergal Marshall.


LOU DiBella believes that an all-Ireland middleweight clash between Limerick's Andy Lee and Tipperary's Matthew Macklin would be "sensational," WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

But DiBella, who promotes both fighters, said that the fight may depend on whether England's Darren Barker exercises his rematch clause with Germany's Felix Sturm.

Barker, who Lee beat in the amateur ranks, dislocated his hip in last Saturday's IBF defeat to Sturm in Stuttgart and could retire because of the injury. If he does, Sturm, who controversially beat Macklin in Cologne in 2011, may give Macklin a rematch.

"It's (Lee v Macklin) a fight that would be of great interest and I would love to promote it, said DiBella.

"But if Darren Barker doesn't exercise his rematch clause, Matthew is interested in a fight with Sturm.

"So, it's partially dependent on whether Sturm is available or not. I met with Matt and the Lee fight is an absolute possibility.

Lee said: "Whoever wins the fight will go on and whoever loses the fight will have to either pack it in or start again. It is a fight I want, so let's make it happen."

Irish Independent

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