Monday 18 December 2017

Grimes cleans up as Clongowes enjoy cup rout

Clongowes Wood 40-0 Roscrea

Jack Hilliard of Clongowes Wood College contests a lineout with Bill Burns of Cistercian College Roscrea Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Jack Hilliard of Clongowes Wood College contests a lineout with Bill Burns of Cistercian College Roscrea Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Clongowes Wood College produced a super-smooth first-half to crush Cistercian College Roscrea at Donnybrook yesterday and book their place in the quarter-finals.

This is definitely an above-average edition and it wasted no time in showing why, as out-half David Wilkinson broke to find finisher George Fitzpatrick on hand for a superb try in the first minute.

Barry Dooley of Clongowes Wood College evades the tackle of Sam Murphy of Cistercian College Roscrea Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Barry Dooley of Clongowes Wood College evades the tackle of Sam Murphy of Cistercian College Roscrea Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Roscrea were willing, but were simply unable to mount any sort of attack.

Forced on to the back foot, they were forced to defend against a tide of possession.

The dam had to break and, when it did, the tries gushed in from powerful centre Christopher Grimes, twice, prop Michael Behan, number eight Barry Dooley and flanker Calum Dowling, their captain.

It was to Roscrea's credit that they refused to roll over even though the game was well beyond their reach.

Clongowes Wood College team-mates, from left, Evan O'Boyle, David Wilkinson, and George Fitzpatrick following their victory Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Clongowes Wood College team-mates, from left, Evan O'Boyle, David Wilkinson, and George Fitzpatrick following their victory Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

They redoubled their efforts to block up their defence and put centres Dylan Keane and Jacob Faughnan on the ball enough times to threaten the try that never came.

CLONGOWES - H Radmall; S Reilly, C Grimes, C Martin, G Fitzpatrick; D Wilkinson, A Reynolds; M Behan, E O'Boyle, B Keogh, T Mulcair, J Kearney, J Hilliard, C Dowling (capt), B Dooley.

Replacements: L McMahon for Kearney ht; E Chambers for Keogh 40 mins; G Donovan for Reilly 45 mins; H Hogan for Grimes 47 mins; K Noone for O'Boyle 48 mins; S Sexton for Mulcair, S Beggs for Behan, Joseph Dundon for Hilliard all 53 mins.

ROSCREA - S Murphy; H Kenny, J Faughnan, D Keane, S Liffey; M Heenan, A Lampkin; S Connolly, B Culleton, L McDonnell, J Gilligan, A Murphy, B Burns, O McCloskey (capt), C Power.

Replacements: J McKeon for A Murphy ht; W Talliandier for S Murphy 45 mins; C Fehily for McDonnell 48 mins; C Griffin for Lampkin 50 mins; S Frawley for Connolly, D McCrohan for Faughnan, F Callen for Liffey all 55 mins; A Kennedy for Power 57 mins.

REF: M Jenkinson, Leinster Branch.

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