O'Brien on song as Roscrea march on


Cistercian, Roscrea 40 Wesley College 0:Seán O’Brien’s Roscrea marched right through a game Wesley and into the quarter-finals at NUI Maynooth yesterday.

Connacht Under-20 captain O’Brien, a natural secondrow, has been relocated to number eight for his school where his close-quarters work is simply devastating.

Right beside the Galway man – a certainty for the Connacht Academy next season – is the multi-skilled loose-forward Rory Moloney, who captained Ireland Schools in their Christmas fixture against the Ireland Clubs.

O’Brien got the ball rolling in the second minute. Outhalf Tim Foley converted. Centre Dwayne Corcoran drew the last defender before putting wing Tim Carroll in at the corner in the 18th minute for a 12-0 lead at the break.

The heavy track was tough going for Wesley as their forwards took a pounding and kept coming back for more. Captain Andrew Walsh, hooker Jonathan Hopkins and prop Adam Garvey did all they could. The grinding process continued. Oisín Heffernan put the hammer down for the third try and O’Brien blasted over from a five-metre scrum.

Corcoran seized on a breakdown in the Wesley defence for the fifth and Richard Lavery finished rounded out the half-dozen tries, Foley landing five of them.

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