The Leinster Schools, sponsored by Newstalk, completed their third straight win for three bonus-points against Connacht to retain the interprovincial Series with a 33-7 win at Corinthian Park on Saturday afternoon…
Centre Matthew Gilsenan shot Leinster to a third minute lead as before they were forced into the trenches by a dogged and determined Connacht collection.
There was stalemate for some time. Then, full-back Jack Power made the vital breakthrough on the half hour and right wing Con Callan followed suit two minutes later to forge a 13-0 advantage at the interval.
The problem for Leinster was that they had the backing of a strong wind in that time and Connacht wasted little time in constructing a converted try. It was game on at 13-7 in the 37th minute.
Gilsenan quickly settled Leinster with a penalty and Callan finished off his fifth try in three matches in the 44th minute. Gilsenan was on the end of Leinster’s fourth, bonus-point try, which he converted midway through the second period and Power snatched his second at the death.
“It is the only Leinster team to do a Grand Slam this year,” said Team Manager Gordon Smyth.
“This is a pleasing way to round off what has been a very good championship with a third bonus point win. It is just reward for all the tremendous effort the boys have put in since we started training back in July”.
15: Jack Power (Blackrock College)
14: Con Callan (St Gerard’s School) / Jake Howlett (Newbridge College) 66 mins
13: Colm Mulcahy (Clongowes Wood College SJ)
12: Matthew Gilsenan (St Michael’s College)
11: Tim Carroll (Cistercian College Roscrea)
10: Jimmy O’Brien (Newbridge College) / Tommy Whittle (St. Gerard’s School) 59 mins
9: David Duggan (St Michael’s College) / Dan Lavelle (Cistercian College Roscrea) 62 mins
1: James Bollard (St Michael’s College) / Eoghan Byrne (Gonzaga College) 52 mins
2: Jonny Molony (Clongowes Wood College SJ) / Hugo Keane (Blackrock College) 59 mins
3: Sean O’Hare (Castleknock College) / Eoin O’Neill (St Michael’s College) 66 mins
4: Rob Lalor (Terenure College) / Michael Melia (Terenure College) 52 mins
5: James Ryan (St Michael’s College) CAPTAIN
6: Charlie Cregan (St Michael’s College)
7: Will Connors (Clongowes Wood College SJ) / Greg Jones (St Andrew’s College) 62 mins
8: Max Deegan (St Michael’s College)