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Monday 23 October 2017

Leinster Junior Final: Fly-half Caputo's late penalty means 'kaput' for brave Terenure

22 March 2015; Blackrock College captain Liam Turner raises the Junior Challenge Cup on the shoulders of his teammates. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup Final in association with Beauchamps Solicitors, Blackrock College v Terenure College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
22 March 2015; Blackrock College captain Liam Turner raises the Junior Challenge Cup on the shoulders of his teammates. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup Final in association with Beauchamps Solicitors, Blackrock College v Terenure College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

The future of Leinster rugby looks very secure based on the outstanding standard in the Leinster Junior Cup.

Eventually, Blackrock annexed their 49th Cup in what has been a stellar season, given the closeness of the matches, the champions coming from behind to win their semi-final against Belvedere and the final at Donnybrook on Sunday with last-minute tries. 

Vanquished Terenure had to emerge from one-score quarter and semi-finals against Castleknock (10-6) and Roscrea (15-10) to come within one last play of winning their first title since 2010.

Instead, ’Rock ruled Leinster for a hat-trick of titles in a classic encounter with each school taking its turn to land what looked like knockout blows.

The Williamstown school made most of the early running with their dynamic back row duo Liam McMahon and Michael McGagh working in tandem for the latter to squeeze home in the fifth minute. 

Terenure were on the receiving end until they conjured up the ‘try of the competition’ five metres from their own line with Luke Grady twice involved in a counter which ended with wing Luke Murnaghan speeding to the corner flag in the 25th minute.

They looked to have made the decisive move by adding eight points in three minutes, from centre Adam La Grue’s penalty to prop Levi Vaughan’s try by the 38th minute.   

This was the signal for Blackrock to dig deep for McGagh to crash over from short range and out-half Joey Caputo to convert to leave one point in it.

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