Thursday 22 February 2018

Ryan family day out spoiled by Rockwell's powerful early blitz

THE Ryan brothers made rugby history yesterday when they became the first triplets to play in the Munster Schools Senior Cup.

However, there was no fairytale ending to their story at Clanwilliam as, for the second year in a row, Rockwell saw off St Munchin's, and this time they did so in a decisive fashion.

There was some consolation for Darren, Evan and Cian Ryan as they will be available to play in the competition for the next two years.

While thoughts in the Ryan household turned to next year, Rockwell were toasting a superb performance by international out-half JJ Hanrahan, who finished the match with a personal tally of 17 points, made up of a try, a penalty, a drop-goal and three conversions.

A superb start paved the way for Rockwell's triumph as they powered into a 24-3 half-time advantage.

Hanrahan scored the opening try and Donogh McGillicuddy added the second, both of which were converted.

It was all Rockwell at this stage as Harry McNulty got in for their third try. Hanrahan once again added the conversion and was also on target with a penalty.

St Munchin's only reply came courtesy of a Brian Mullins penalty.

The second half was more evenly contested, with St Munchin's getting their try from scrum-half Darren Ryan, whose brothers Evan and Cian were second-row partners.

However, any lingering hopes of a comeback ended when Hanrahan dropped a goal.

ROCKWELL -- B O'Rahilly; S Horgan, H McNulty, D McGillicuddy, R Mullane (D White); JJ Hanrahan, J Raftery; T Doyle, R Moran, C O'Donnell; S McGuire, S McCarthy; S Buckley, J Maher, L Cahill.

St Munchin's -- J Murray (K McCarthy); C Cunnane (S McMahon), L Kuntz, E Carr, P Curtis; B Mullins, D Ryan; C Gavin, E Hogan (B McNamara), J McGovern; E Ryan, C Ryan; C Tsang (R O'Donnell), K McNamara, T Gleeson.

Ref -- L Colgan.

Irish Independent

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