The Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup is closing in on the final stages as we saw Temple Carrig School book the last quarter-final spot this week.

Defeating St Andrew’s College in their first round replay, the Wicklow school will now face Gorey in the last eight while CUS, CBC Monkstown Park and St Fintan’s High School have all marched into the last four.

CUS 27 The King’s Hospital 16

CUS were the final team to book their spot in the last four of the Vinnie Murray Cup on Wednesday.

The Leeson Street school recovered from the concession of a first-minute penalty to Harry West to go on a 17-point run.

Jack Grant, a man on a mission, scythed through for the first and out-half Harry Lynch connected with his second conversion and added a penalty for 17-3 at the break.

Hos’ had to do something quickly to get back into it and centre West was the man for the job, slipping in for a much-needed try and converting in the 37th minute.

At this point, Oluwatoni Lawal, West and fellow centre Edward Nuzum started to get their touches, Hos’ forcing penalties which West used to reduce the deficit to 17-16 in the 48th minute.

CUS could have coughed up the lead, but they had leadership from hooker Lucas  Maguire and captain Andrew Tonge.

There was no panic as they moved forward for full-back Grant to pounce, Lynch kicking the extras for 24-16 in the 50th minute.

Better again, they survived many attacks before and after breaking forward for Lynch to notch his second penalty in the 59th minute.

Scorers – CUS: J Grant two tries; H Lynch try, two pens, three cons. King’s Hospital: H West try, three pens, con.

CUS – Jack Grant; Matthew Clarke, Rian Treacy, Stephen Ryan, Cian Goode; Harry Lynch, Garrett Phelan; Joseph Lockhart, Lucas Maguire, Conall Lohan Kilraine; Gavin Deering, Dualta Larkin; Hugh Quigley, Lucas Sherwood, Andrew Tonge.

Replacements: Evan Judge, Olliver Manks, Ruben Maguire, Samuel Byrne, Jack O’Connell, Niall Cox, Eoghan O’Reilly, Sean Byrne.

The King’s Hospital – Cian Behal Valle; Ewan Mahood, Harry West, Edward Nuzum, Jacques Pretorius; Luke Fogarty, Josh Lloyd; Mikey Doy, Rex Dunlop, Scott Wilson, Cian Smith, Jordan Edeh-Awunah, Sam Davis, Saul Nicholson, Oluwatoni Lawal.

Replacements: Mannie Akpan, Michael Ohoka, James Sugrue, Tomás Ó Súilleabháin, Euan Batt, Ed Hill, Luca McNally, Darius Maniar.

CBC Monkstown 50 The High School 13

David Finnegan was the name on everyone’s lips with five tries as CBC Monkstown poured on the points against High School in a curtain-raiser at Energia Park on Tuesday.

The High School could not have asked for a better start, weathering a storm and bringing one of their own as the fuel of adrenalin worked in their favour.

Despite losing captain Luke Hardy before the start, they were good value for two penalties by out-half Andrew Farrelly in taking a 6-0 lead.

However, the superior size of CBC began to have an impact, Charlie Meagher and Finnegan striking for tries in the 29th and 33rd minutes, respectively, the first converted by Rob Theunissen, for a 12-6 lead at the break.

From there, CBC camped out in the opposition half and the floodgates started to open with right-wing Finnegan making home runs for a quickfire three tries to halt the contest at 31-6.

Kicker Theunissen added a try and his fourth conversion before Finnegan’s fifth and their eighth in all by flanker Sam Hughes.

High School did have the final say when replacement Ethan Jones drove over for Farrelly to convert at the end.

Scorers – CBC Monkstown: D Finegan five tries; R Theunissen try, five cons; C Meagher, S Hughes try. The High School: E Jones try; A Farrelly two pens, con.

CBC Monkstown – Eoghan O’Hanlon; David Finnegan, Matthew McDonald, Robert Theunissen, Danny Killeen; Charlie McLoughlin, James O’Donoghue; Conan Brady, Carl Byrne, Harry O’Neill, Tom Chadwick, Liam Carley, Sam Hughes, Charlie Meagher, Hugh Bourke.

Replacements: Brian Emerson, Adam Bolton, Nathan O’Campo, Liam Guckian, Conor Gafikin, Adam Fitzsimons-Nolan, Milo Quinn, Riley Scales.

The High School – Alex Bowden; Adam Jordan, Archie Sheridan, Jack Barlow, Louis O’Neill; Andrew Farrelly, Chris de Lacy; Daniel Carter, Matteo Sanvito, Mark Whelan, Chris Chong, Oliver Davey, Arthur Feeney, Fergus Kelly, Milo Lavelle.

Replacements: Ben Hamilton, Ethan Jones, Sam Neely, Elliot Tuite, Mathew Gillis, Noah Heslin, James Cox, Andrew Whyte.

St Fintan’s High School 34 Skerries Community College 7

St Fintan’s were well-worth their five-try win over Skerries in the second quarter-final at Energia Park on Tuesday.

Really, the Sutton school held the upper-hand for much of the game, starting with a try by scrum-half Nathan Clarke from a five-metre snipe.

When they could not add to that, despite sustained pressure, Skerries broke away for right-wing Tomas Hegarty to score a fine try.

That was as good as it got, wing Luke Ingle kicking St Fintan’s back in front 8-7 at the break.

Then, the winners sorted out their attack to be far more clinical, beginning with the kicking of Conor Cribbin and Ingle and the lineout work of Eoghan O’Callaghan, even pinching two of Skerries’ throws.

Out-half Cillian Cleary was able to make the corner flag for Ingle to convert before Linehan benefited from Shane Patterson’s break for the third.

Patterson had the legs to go from the halfway line, Ingle converting for the third time, and the pick-and-go was Linehan’s route to the fifth.

Scorers – St Fintan’s High School: M Linehan two tries; Nathan Clarke, Cillian Cleary, S Patterson try each; L Ingle pen, three cons. Skerries Community College: T Hegarty try; E Shannon con.

St Fintan’s High School – Josh Hansen; Frank Meenan, Shane Patterson, Conor Cribbin, Luke Ingle; Cillian Cleary, Nathan Clarke; Donagh Walsh, Cian Macari-Kelly, Oisin Hogan, Eoghan O’Callaghan, Brandyn Dromgoole, Shane  O’Donovan, Matthew Linehan, Charlie Byrne.

Replacements: Conor Mcloughlin, David Tadijan, Ciaran Bolger, Daniel de Brun, Cian Curley, Gonzalo Herranz, Ruairi McDonald, Conor Twomey.

Skerries Community College – Ronan Winters; Tomas Hegarty, Joe Rogers, Darragh McEneaney, Callan Kelly; Ethan Shannon, Darragh McDonald; Alexander Unguryan, James O’Connor, Liam Nwajei, Charlie Clear, Cillian Arnold, Billy Carroll, James Heaney, Tom Grehan.

Replacements: Craig Joyce, Sean Price, Senan Moore, Sam Webb-Campbell, Oisin Hegarty.

Temple Carrig 24 St Andrew’s College 8

Temple Carrig made no mistake at the second time of asking in a first-round replay at Templeville Road on Tuesday.

St Andrew’s made three changes, prop John Dixon, lock Pierce Regan and Josh Perrem coming into the starting XV.

They had first use of a significant wind, but could not harness it to their advantage, despite the industry of prop Jude McCrea.

Instead, they fell behind by a dozen points to two tries by Temple’s Patrick Wedgeworth-Byrne, Oisin Shanahan converting one.

Just before the break, centre Joe Ballance struck a penalty to make it 12-3 at the interval.

However, Temple took control, thereafter, creating unconverted tries for scrum-half Wedgeworth-Byrne’s hat-trick and wing Colm Condon before St Andrew’s No 8 Tom O’Brien broke through for a try.

The Greystones school comfortably closed the show to qualify for a quarter-final tilt at Gorey Community School.

Scorers – Temple Carrig: P Byrne three tries; C Condon try; O Shanahan two cons. St Andrew’s College: T O’Brien try; J Ballance pen.

Temple Carrig School – Conor Cunningham; Rhys Gamble; Colm Condon; Christopher Stewart; Rhys Morgan; Oisin Shanahan, Patrick Wedgeworth-Byrne; Sean O’Neill, Max Sproul, Frankie Wedgeworth-Byrne; Adam Williams, Dylan Potts; Calum Sweeney, Tadhg O’Donnell, Tim Hayden.

Replacements: James Noonan, Sean Doyle, Nathan Ross, Cathal Kirby, Cillian Hingerty, Ollie Barr, Ben O’Brien, Jack Ward.

St Andrew’s College – James Light; Peter Quirke, Conn Doherty, Joe Ballance, Harry MacChesney; Francis Manzocchi, Charlie Byrne; John Dixon, Matthew Thompson, Jude McCrea, Pierce Regan, Moss Simington, Adam Tobin, Josh Perrem, Tom O’Brien

Replacements: Jack Bourke, Karl Moran, Charlie Beck, James O’Donoghue, Evan Naughton; Karl Deegan, Sam McGannon, Josh Molyneux