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'It was a rollercoaster that kept on going' - How a team on the Tipp border turned Leinster schools rugby upside down

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Roscrea players celebrate after beating Belvedere College in the final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2015. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Roscrea players celebrate after beating Belvedere College in the final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2015. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Roscrea players celebrate after beating Belvedere College in the final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2015. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The Leinster Schools Senior Cup provides many things – a pipeline of players to the professional game, riveting one-and-done knockout rugby, rivalries over 100 years old – but one thing it has never been very good at is unpredictability.

When one school has hoovered up over half of all 133 cup wins, it indicates that David rarely stands triumphantly over Goliath's corpse on St Patrick's Day with his slingshot in hand – but that makes the occasions even more memorable whenever someone comes from outside the establishment and has their name inscribed on the trophy.

Before the Covid-19 postponement, this year's March 17th decider had the novelty of being an all-Kildare affair and if Newbridge College - after slaying the St Michael's 'Dream Team' in the final four – ultimately triumph over Clongowes when the decider is rescheduled, it would mean more than just a first cup win since 1970.