Leavy foils battling Newbridge
Newbridge got little reward for a gallant comeback as St Michael's sealed victory with two late converted tries.
The 21-point winning margin flattered the hosts, who spent most of the second half pegged back in their own half.
St Michael's had surged into the lead with tries from winger Mark Corballis and centre Mark Craig, both converted by Mark Wall.
However, Newbridge rallied doggedly, putting the home side under tremendous pressure. They finally got the score they deserved when scrum-half Peter Osbourne sniped over following some terrific work from his forwards.
At 14-7, Newbridge pressed for an equalising try, but the doughty defence repelled them.
St Michael's broke away to score further tries through flanker David Leavy and replacement Rory Kavanagh, both converted by Wall, ensuring that the final score failed to reflect the tightness of a gripping encounter.
St Michael's -- C Desmond; M Corballis, A Kelly, M Craig, D Egan; C Waugh, L McGrath, K Riff, F Burns, T O'Connell; S O'Connor, E McLaughlin (capt); D Leavy, C Kenna, P Dix.
Newbridge -- G Burns; C Meylor, S Coghlan-Murray, D Hennebry, A Dunne; C Browne, P Osbourne; D Rigney, C Thompson, J Tracy (capt); J Cantillon, J Davis; M Duke, R O'Connor, R Mangan.