Holders Roscrea flex muscles
Cistercian College Roscrea got their defence of their title off to a successful start in Portarlington.
The shocking conditions meant this was always going to boil down to a war of attrition between two packs.
Kilkenny's Joshua Miller missed an early penalty but soon landed a drop-goal. Roscrea's impressive full back Alan Tynan levelled after Kilkenny were penalised for collapsing a scrum.
Miller put Kilkenny back in front in the 21st minute with a penalty but Roscrea's forwards were looking dangerous, and with half time approaching, from a five metre scrum, No 8 Simon Meagher broke, fed scrum-half Keith Kavanagh and his pop pass sent Michael Milne over. Tynan's conversion from wide on the right made it 10-6 at the break.
That lead was extended seven minutes after the restart when prop Dylan Murphy broke away from a driven linout to score.
Solid defence kept Kilkenny at bay, and second-row Finnian Wycherley added a third Roscrea try late on.
Cistercian Roscrea - A Tynan, D Keane, P O'Shea (B Hyland), S Hastings, J Murphy (D Treacy), R Gaffney, K Kavanagh (D Mackey), M Milne (R Lomas), E Maher, D Murphy, F Wycherley, A Murphy (C Walsh), B Diffley (J Canning), J Brandon (J Culligan), S Meagher.
Kilkenny - G Holmes, P Deane, D Bradley, J Ridgeway, A Oakes (B O'Sullivan), J Miller, S Levie (A Crossley), G Talbot (W Rothwell), J Leybourne, G Chapman (J Delahunty), G Parr, L Stevens (F Connolly), G Dudley, R Pim (S Dudley), A Awonusi.
Ref - C Wardrop (LBIRFU)
Cistercian Roscrea 22
Kilkenny College 6