CBC will be wary of Clongowes backline
Thursday, February 25, CBC Monkstown v Clongowes Wood College, Donnybrook 3.0
It was difficult to gauge the strength of Clongowes' 21-0 defeat of Kilkenny when they rounded off the eight quarter-finalists on a horrible afternoon out in Castle Avenue, the home to Clontarf rugby club.
The wind and rain made this an attritional exchange in which the hard and effective work of second-row Tom Coughlan, hooker Ethan Noone and No 8 Barry Dooley gave them a strong spine to work from.
It was further out, however, where the Clane school have the class of centre Joe Carroll, their captain, and full-back John Maher to count on.
The latter scorched Kilkenny for a wonder try from inside his half and David Wilkinson kicked well in unkind conditions.
CBC have threatened to be very good indeed at times this season.
They went into the League final with solid claims only to be overpowered 30-3 by Roscrea.
The Monkstown boys ended the dream of Dundalk Grammar 20-0 in the first round at Anglesea Road.
The fact they were unable to convert any of their four tries, no matter how difficult, may be a weakness to their game.
There is a smooth look to their lineout and out-half Sean Power, their captain, is a smart tactician, well able to spot weaknesses and take advantage of them.
Centre James Reynolds is one to watch the back row of Tadhg Quinn, Ryan Hayes and Ethan Ryan is well balanced and aggressive.