Belvedere College - Juniors - JCT

Juniors - JCT

Juniors - JCT

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Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Two tries in the second-half sent St Mary’s College through to the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools Junior Cup final for the first time in 21 years at Donnybrook on Tuesday.

After the initial sparring, Belvedere took control of the ball and got their forwards on the front foot until St Mary’s wing Ross Moore cut out a dangerous pass and prop Adam Mulvihill followed up to force a penalty in the shadow of the posts.

There was confidence in St Mary’s defence that forced mistakes through pressure. But, it couldn’t go on that way.

Belvo’s Dylan O’Grady burst through on the right where Sam Czerniek brought down the full-back.

For all of the good approach work, the breakthrough came down to a lineout where captain Jonathan Ross grabbed a throw at the back to finish sharply on the right. Then, O’Grady landed an unlikely conversion from the right for 7-0 in the 17th minute.

They were almost in again when O’Grady came raiding down the right from a pre-planned move for wing Scott Meaney to chip the last man back and just fail to ground the bobbling ball.

St Mary’s were spending far too much time in retreat, despite the form of centres Rob Nolan and Barra O’Loughlin.

Slowly, they moved upfield until a crucial knock-on denied them the time in Belvedere territory for which they were crying out.

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Belvedere College convincing winners in Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Belvedere College were good value for their Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final win over Clongowes Wood College at a bitingly cold Donnybrook Stadium on Monday afternoon.
There was a frantic opening from Clongowes’ direct runners in Hugh Wilkinson, John Carroll and Rory Morrin, met with the tenacity of Belvedere’s tackling.
A bout of kicking concluded with Belvo’s out-half Finn McCarrick tickling a kick over the top and into the right corner.
Just when Clongowes looked to have escaped from wing Derick Sholarin’s recovery of Charlie McNamee’s exit kick, Belvedere scrum-half Ben Foy trapped them with another superb tactical kick.
The pressure was on at the lineout and Clongowes failed to deal with it, number eight Jonathan Ross seizing on the opportunity for the opening try, full-back Dylan O’Grady converting for 7-0 in as many minutes.
They were nearly in again when hooker David Lambe’s offload was judged to be forward just as wing Michael Rock dove in on the left.
The Clane school had to arrest the momentum or they would suffer further consequences.
They just couldn’t prevent the Belvedere forwards from churning out the hard yards and prop Jonathan Sargent blasted over for 12-0 in the 14th minute.

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