This was the final game of a long season and both schools were determined to finish with some silverware. Kilkenny started with intent but Gerard's defence stood firm and repelled numerous attacks. Gerard's on the other hand were much more clinical and got an early try on the board with their first attack. Kilkenny responded immediately with a penalty, 5-3 after 15. Kilkenny wings Awonusi and Onilenla looked dangerous every time they got the ball but could not get over the Gerard's line.
Three weeks previous Kilkenny lined out in the Vinnie Murray final and although dominating the match had the heartache of giving away two intercept tries. It seemed as if lightening was about to strike again as one of the Gerard's backs picked off a pass and scooted under the posts. Gerard's led 12-3. Kilkenny again dominated territory for the remainder of the half and appeared to going in at the half within a score as Miller kicked another penalty. With one minute on the clock, Kilkenny failed to claim the restart and Gerard's entered the Cats 22 instantly. Multiple phases later, they crossed the line in the corner. 17-6 half time, mountain to climb.
Commiserations to the Junior Boys Rugby squad who lost narrowly to Newbridge College on a 22-20 scoreline in the final of the Leinster Schools Junior League at Donnybrook yesterday. This was a memorable final from the first minute to the last. The JCT displayed great tenacity and skill in coming back three times from behind and scoring three excellent tries. Both sides fought to the final whistle and at the end Newbridge emerged narrowly victorious. Congratulations to both sides and all the coaches for providing a match worthy of any final. The standard of play and sportsmanship was excellent throughout. Thanks also to all those students, parents and family members who gave unstinting support to our squad throughout the game and after the match had ended. Best wishes to the SCT and JCT as they move into the Leinster Schools Cup competitions. The SCT play Wilson’s Hospital School on Wednesday 18th January at Donnybrook Stadium and the JCT play CBC Monkstown on Thursday 9th February also at Donnybrook Stadium.
JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL – MONDAY 16th JANUARY
Kilkenny College JCT will contest the Leinster Schools Junior League Division 1A final this coming Monday in Donnybrook at 2pm. Newbridge College will provide stern opposition after comfortably accounting for their group and Semi Final opposition, and it is fitting that the two unbeaten teams in the competition have reached the final in what is sure to be a compelling game. All support would be welcome in Donnybrook next Monday.
Results to date;
Newbridge College - Final 16th January
Castleknock College - Won 12-7
St. Gerards College - Won 20-11
CC Roscrea - Won 37-3
Kings Hospital - Won 56-0
CUS - Won 60-0
The High School - Won 65-3
CBC Monkstown - Won 48-5
St. Andrews College - Won 51-0
SCT AND JCT CUP DATES
Kilkenny College SCT v. Wilsons Hospital School, Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup 2nd Round, Wednesday 18th January at 2pm, Venue TBC
Kilkenny College JCT v. CBC Monkstown, Bank of Ireland Junior Cup, Thursday 9th February at 3pm, Donnybrook Stadium.
It was fitting that Peter Lydon, probably one of the best kickers to play SCT rugby for Kilkenny College, was in attendance as a special guest today as our Junior and Senior rugby players battled it out in their place kicking competitions organised by Mr. Ashmore. Some of the kicking on display was hugely impressive and we had two surprising winners in each category.