Defending champions Roscrea too strong for plucky Kilkenny
Kilkenny took advantage of conditions early on in Portarlington
Roscrea’s Alan Tynan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Cistercian Roscrea 22 Kilkenny College 6
Reigning champions Cistercian Roscrea could call upon seven of the team that claimed the historic victory last year in their straightforward victory over Kilkenny College at Lea Road, Portarlington yesterday
Kilkenny played with the assistance of a strong breeze in blizzard like conditions in the opening half and took the lead after five minutes with a drop goal from outhalf Joshua Miller before Alan Tynan, despite kicking into the teeth of a gale, landed the levelling score after eight minutes.
Kilkenny were not overawed by the experienced champions and were soon back in front thanks to another penalty by Miller
Roscrea were getting on top all over the field but Kilkenny still held the lead after 35 minutes but in the first minute of injury time a great Roscrea move resulted in Michael Milne going over in the corner for the game’s opening try and, with Tynan adding the conversion, the champions went to the break leading 10-6.
Facing the stiff breeze Kilkenny were always going to struggle and eight minutes into the second period a second try by Dylan Murphy put the champions in a commanding position even though Tynan failed with the conversion
Kilkenny worked hard to get back into contention but Roscrea were so well on top they were able to ring the changes in the final quarter.
Their final try arrived in the 75th minute when, after much pressure and a lineout ten metres from the line, Vinny Wycherley touched down with Tynan missing the extras.
CISTERCIAN COLLEGE: A Tynan; D Keane, P O’Shea,S Hastings, J Murphy; R Gaffney, K Kavanagh; M Milne, E Maher, D Murphy, V Wycherley, A Murphy, B Diffley, J Brandon,, S Maher.
Replacements: J Canning for Diffley (54 mins), R Lomas for Milne (56 mins), B Hyland for O’Shea (58 mins), J Culligan for Brandon (60 mins), C Walsh for A Murphy (61 mins), D Maher for Kavanagh (63 mins),
KILKENNY COLLEGE: G Holmes; P Deane, D Bradley, J Ridgeway, A Oakes; J Miller, S Lenie; G Talbot, J Leyourus, J Chapman, G Parr, L Stephens, G Dudley, R Pimm, A Anonusi.
Replacements: F Connolly for Stephens (52 mins), W Rothwell for Talbot (57 mins), B O’Sullivan for Oakes (58 mins), J Delahunty for Chapman, B Dudley for Pimm (both 59 mins), A Crowley for Anonusi (60 mins).
Referee: C Wardrop (Leinster Branch).