Vaughan hat-trick eases Terenure through
Terenure College 36 Cistercian Roscrea 15
A hat-trick of tries from Levi Vaughan ensured that Terenure College stayed on course to avenge last year's final defeat as they eventually eased past a stubborn Cistercian College Roscrea outfit.
Roscrea led at three different stages of the game but in the end Terenure's fitness proved the difference.
William Foley kicked Roscrea into a 3-0 lead after 11 minutes but 'Nure hit back through Vaughan's first try that George Morgan converted.
Roscrea No 8 Luke Rigney, who impressed throughout, hauled his side back in the lead with a try after a powerful carry but there was still time left in the half for Ross McInnes to ensure that 'Nure led 12-8 at the break.
Fiachra Murphy's try five minutes after the restart was converted by Foley and that sparked Roscrea into life again but their hopes were soon dashed with four quick-fire 'Nure tries.
Matthew McGetrick converted tries from Sean Daly and Vaughan before he crossed the whitewash for a try of his own.
The Roscrea defence was out on their feet at this stage and 'Nure punished them further when Vaughan completed his hat-trick when he showed a great burst of speed to score in the corner in what proved to the last play of the game.
Terenure College - M McGetrick (C Neill 57); D Byrne, R McInnes (L MacNamara 57), A Dempsey, E Molloy (S Noone 43); G Morgan (capt), B O'Brien; A Byrne (C Lowe 56), L Vaughan, S McCoy (A Dunne 45); A Deegan, J Townsend; B Vaughan (J Keegan 57), J Cooke, S Daly (C Harpur 46).
Cistercian College Roscrea - D Kilgallon (D Cronin 4, M Heenan 59); S Brien, B Murphy, F Murphy (C Griffin 59), D Keane; W Foley, J Matthews; S Connolly (M Carroll 49), O McCloskey, J Cahir; L Culliton, S Clancy; G Meagher, D Loughnane, L Rigney (capt).
Ref - B Macniece