Mount Temple rebounded in dramatic fashion to force a Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Senior Cup first round replay against The High School in a 12-all draw at Donnybrook on Thursday.
The High School moved into a 12-point lead from full-back Jamie Ukagba’s fine finish down the right and centre Matthew Barlow’s burst into the left corner, the later converted by out-half Cormac Dempsey.
Temple had plenty of possession and out-half Rioghan McCarthy’s passing, prop Ben Griffen’s carrying and centre Maxime Arnold’s sharp running tested the defence without making the breakthrough.
Their refusal to kick the penalties that came their way hurt Temple as captain Kyle Butler led High School’s defensive effort.
When Keelan Toomey did beat the cover from McCarthy’s flat pass, the centre could not ground the ball over the line.
They got back into it when flanker Coleman Toner flew off the back of a scrum and reached out for the whitewash in the 63rd minute.
Then they broke from deep in spectacular fashion for Toomey to gallop away and feed Maxime Arnold for scrum-half Eoin Quigley’s conversion to level it.
Prop Marcus Hannon’s 55th minute try pushed Salesian College beyond Skerries 17-12, also at Donnybrook.
It was finely balanced at 7-5 after Skerries full-back Oisin McKey flashed over in response to Salesian centre Sean Chan’s try and out-half Evan Burke’s conversion.
Hannon’s try and Burke’s extras and Burke’s penalty made it a two-score game before Paddy Fay-Watt’s last-minute try, converted by Eoghan McDonald, into a mere consolation.
Catholic University School defeated Dundalk Grammar 27-0, scoring four tries at Ashbourne RFC.
Their tries came from Barry Mangan, Harry O’Byrne, Philip Healy and Ronan O’Leary and their defence closed down Grammar.
The King’s Hospital showed their teeth in overcoming Gorey 34-5 at Greystones RFC, Patrick Hickey nabbing two of their six tries.
2018 Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup – Fixtures & Results
Wilson’s Hospital School 0 CBC Monkstown Park 43 (Donnybrook Stadium)
St Patrick’s Classical School, Navan 12 Wesley College 29 (Donnybrook Stadium)
Coláiste Bhride, Carnew 0 Kilkenny College 47 (Co. Carlow FC)
The High School 12 Mount Temple Comprehensive 12 (Donnybrook Stadium)
CUS 27 Dundalk Grammar School 0 (Ashbourne RFC)
Gorey Community School 5 The King’s Hospital 34 (Greystones RFC)
Salesian College 17 Skerries Community College 12 (Donnybrook Stadium)