Gonzaga College too strong for Kilkenny
Gonzaga College 26
Kilkenny College 3
Gonzaga College cruised into the Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup quarter-finals with a commanding triumph over Kilkenny College.
Just six minutes were gone on the clock when the Ranelagh side broke the deadlock – lock James McCarthy grounding at the end of a powerful lineout maul. Kilkenny responded with a Steffan Hillebrand penalty before Paul Wilson’s converted score eased Gonzaga into a 14-3 interval cushion.
Wilson added his second try straight from the restart. This ultimately placed the outcome beyond any doubt, though out-half David Colbert also touched down on 41 minutes to make it a most emphatic victory for Gonzaga College.
Scorers for Gonzaga College: P Wilson 2 tries, J McCarthy, D Colbert try each, H McLaughlin 3 cons.
Scorers for Kilkenny College: S Hillebrand pen.
GONZAGA COLLEGE: H McLaughlin; S Higgins, L Hassett, H Goddard, H Neville; D Colbert, C Breslin; T Hammond, T Cotter, G Morris; J McCarthy, L O’Callaghan; P Wilson, T Noone, N Maguire.
Replacements: D Geraghty, P O’Brien, G Murphy, C Hughes, T Murphy, R Colgan, L O’Flanagan, S McMahon.
KILKENNY COLLEGE: S Hillebrand; T Adeniranye, M McGovern, H Rogers, C Mullins; S Naughton, C Kennedy; Z Furlong, A Botha, A Shirley; J Watchorn, J O’Mara; S Dudley, S Strong, S Smyth.
Replacements: K Smyth Carrigan, F Corcoran, M Stanley, O Higgins, M Thomas, A Hawkins, C Purcell, A Moore.
Referee: P Reidy (LRR).