Sport Schools Rugby

Saturday 20 January 2018

Lynch leads by example

St Mary's College 11
Kilkenny College 5
Leinster Junior Cup

St Mary's withstood a second-half onslaught by Kilkenny to keep their hopes of glory alive in Maynooth.

The Blues led 11-0 at half-time, courtesy of a fine Conor Watters try and two penalties by scrum-half John Delaney.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Kilkenny laid siege to the St Mary's line and the winners' defence was finally breached when flanker Michael Fitzgerald forced a turnover and Stephen Beattie won the race to touch down.

Kilkenny remained camped in the opposition's half as they sought the converted try that would win the game and they came very close in the dying minutes. But Mary's captain Tom Lynch ripped the ball away to enable Ben Hoey to find touch in the last act of a compelling tie.

St Mary's College -- J Duffy; C Watters, M Oppermann, D Cogley, K Murphy; B Hoey, J Delaney; T Lynch, P Fogarty, M Fitzgerald; P McHugh (H Diepmann), D Shaffrey; K Mannion, C Whelan, M Larney.

Kilkenny College -- C Varian; J Melbourne, J Bradford, H Talbot, K Beattie; C Miller, D Kelso; R Stanley, R Whitford, S Pim; G Hastings, M Whitten; C Armstrong (N Condell), D Farrell (J Hopkins), S Beattie.

Ref -- G Sheridan

Irish Independent

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