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Zach O'Hagan, Blackrock College, is tackled by Eoin McCabe, left, and Sean Doyle, CBC Monkstown

Zach O'Hagan, Blackrock College, is tackled by Eoin McCabe, left, and Sean Doyle, CBC Monkstown

Nick Tomoney, Blackrock College, scores his side's third try

Nick Tomoney, Blackrock College, scores his side's third try

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Zach O'Hagan, Blackrock College, is tackled by Eoin McCabe, left, and Sean Doyle, CBC Monkstown

Tries in either half from powerhouse No 8 David O'Connor set the foundations in Donnybrook as Blackrock College got the defence of their Senior Cup title off to a perfect start with a commanding win over CBC Monkstown.

A rematch of last year's decider against St Michael's College is now on the horizon in the quarter-finals.

Having endured a shaky start, Blackrock broke the deadlock courtesy of a 13th-minute try from O'Connor and, with out-half Sean Kearns contributing five points from his trusty right boot, 'Rock took firm control of the game.

A persistent Monkstown finally opened their account with a three-point effort from full-back Ben Mahon after 19 minutes, but thanks to further converted tries from captain Nick Timoney and Cian O'Dwyer, the 67-times champions held an unassailable 24-3 cushion at half-time.

O'Connor grabbed his second try 13 minutes into the half, supplemented by Kearns' fourth conversion, as an impressive Blackrock easily secured their progress.

BLACKROCK COLLEGE – J Power (O Brady 68); Z O'Hagan (J Cullen 56), J Carberry, I Kinsley, H Keenan; S Kearns (C Dean 54), T Brady; D Fitzpatrick (M Reidy 69), H Kean (J Horan 64), J Loughman (R Casey 69); C O'Dwyer (J McGowan 68), J Dwan (E Fanning 54); C Doris, N Timoney, D O'Connor.

CBC MONKSTOWN – B Mahon; S Doyle (A Byrne 70), H Godson-Treacy, J Toale, S Smyth,; C Cullinane, E McCabe (S Sweeney 66); K Patterson, C Cunningham, C McDonnell (C Bryden h-t); M McGrath (T O'Callaghan 64), E Comerford (J McAteer 70); J McGrath, J Halwax (D Hanney h-t), A Conroy-Lennon.

REF – K Beggs (Leinster Rugby).

Irish Independent