Tuesday 15 October 2019

Stars of the future abound

Leinster Schools XV

Leinster Rugby Schools Top 15 Jersey Presentation. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Leinster Rugby Schools Top 15 Jersey Presentation. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

2019 Senior Cup winners St Michael’s lead the way as schools competition showcases Leinster's emerging talent.

15. CONOR HENNESSY

(Gonzaga)

The full-back was a source of real confidence as a security blanket. He was not afraid to step up into the three-quarter line to use his strong running.

14. JACK CONNOLLY

(Gonzaga)

The scrum-half's kicking game was a potent weapon. There was something of Conor Murray about the havoc wreaked from his lofted balls.

13. JAMES REYNOLDS

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(CBC Monkstown)

The tall centre is a smooth operator. CBC were dominated by Clongowes in the quarter-final, allowing their chief threat little room to flourish.

12. ANDREW SMITH

(St Michael's)

The full-back was comfortable in countering. This was the cherry on top of his solid positioning and good decision-making on the ball.

11. MATTHEW GROGAN

(Belvedere)

The Great Denmark school pushed the eventual champions hardest, with Grogan heavily involved in attack.

10. CHRIS COSGRAVE

(St Michael's)

The jewel in the St Michael's back division let his passing and kicking do most of the damage.

9. ROB GILSENAN

(St Michael's)

He got better with every round, saving his best for last when his fine support line was rewarded with the best try of the final.

1. HENRY GODSON

(Gonzaga)

The loosehead was the main difference between Gonzaga's semi-final exit and their first final in the Senior Cup with two tries from short range in the 22-19 defeat of Clongowes Wood.

2. ANDREW SYNNOTT

(Belvedere)

The hooker appeared to revel in the set-piece and the unglamorous, close-quarter action that goes with his position.

3. JACK BOYLE

(St Michael's)

He was the champions' most devastating ball carrier through the rounds, exemplified by his brace of tries in the final.

4. JACK BARRY

(Gonzaga)

There was a lot to like about the captain's willingness to sacrifice for the greater good with his appetite for the dirty work.

5. JOHN FISH

(St Michael's)

The second-row had his biggest moments against Blackrock in the quarter-final and Belvedere in the semi-final. It was when his physical presence was most in demand.

6. MARK HERNAN

(St Michael's)

The third St Michael's captain to lift the Senior Cup was, arguably, the most influential player in the competition. His work at the breakdown was exemplary as was the positional sense to clean up in the backfield.

7. TOM GILHEANY

(Clongowes Wood)

The flanker was never too far away from the ball when it went to ground. He augmented his ground work with a fine carrying game.

8. WILL HICKEY

(St Michael's)

It is work rate that set the No 8 apart. He has that knack for coming on to the ball in top gear in order to break the first tackle.

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