Sunday 25 March 2018

McCarthy try sets tone as Clongowes storm past poor Kilkenny

Clongowes Wood 37
Kilkenny College 12

Derry Berry

The variety to Clongowes Wood College's style in dismantling Kilkenny College was reflected by their six different try-scorers in this quarter-final at Templeville Road yesterday.

It started as early as the eighth minute when a well-controlled line-out, taken in by captain Robert Hynes, was taken home by openside Nick McCarthy.

Then, Ireland U-18 Schools wing Stephen McAuley, at full-back here, countered quickly to put Clongowes in prime position to strike again only for centre Foster Horan to force left-wing Aaron Thompson into touch.

Almost immediately, lock Tadhg Beirne took a flat pass from his scrum-half Dermot O'Meara to spin out of a tackle for the second in the 22nd minute, converted by the influential David Quirke for a 12-0 lead.

Kilkenny rushed up offside in their enthusiasm to snuff out danger for Quirke to nail a penalty from 40-metres before No 8 Conor Gilsenan brushed aside a defender from a five-metre burst for the third try near the break.


It was a thankless task for Kilkenny as they resumed from an unwinnable position. They were further behind when full-back McAuley sliced through following good footwork from Hynes.

Kilkenny just couldn't get their hands on the pill long enough to build their game. Eventually, centre Horan made ground down the middle. From the following scrum, Kilkenny shifted the ball swiftly for full-back Mark Abraham to find the line on the left to reduce the leeway to 25-5 in the 44th minute.

A simple move from the base of a five-metre scrum from replacement No 8 Jordan Coughlan to scrum-half Dermot O'Meara yielded another try, converted by Quirke from the left.

It was soon followed by a sixth touchdown from right-wing Oscar O'Suilleabhain before Kilkenny replacement Shane Delahunt drove over from the tap-and-go penalty in injury-time.

Clongowes Wood -- S McAuley; O O'Suilleabhain, J McMahon (W McGlade 54), G O'Suilleabhain, A Thompson (N Jones 58); D Quirke, D O'Meara (D Hayes 59); T Collis (E Byrne 44), E Lewis, I Prendiville (C O'Shea 54), T Beirne, R Hynes (capt), S Burke, N McCarthy (T Byrne 54), C Gilsensan (J Coghlan 38).

Kilkenny College -- M Abraham; J Yates (J McDowell 63), F Horan, D Ruddock, M Elmes (J Clare 63); P Lydon, P O'Driscoll; M Ronaldson (P Boeye h-t), A Talbot (R Foot 32), R Elmes, W Shirley (capt), M Bernard-Day (R Glynn 59), R Whitten (S Delahunt 37), G Ridgeway, R Deacon (J McGuinness 37).

Ref -- D Wallace (Leinster Branch).

l The Connacht schools senior cup quarter-final between holders Colaiste Iognaid and Garbally College, scheduled for Ballinasloe yesterday, was called off shortly before kick-off due to frost on the pitch. A new date for the game has not yet been fixed.

Irish Independent

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