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Monday 11 December 2017

Newbridge have too much for St Andrew's

James Black, St. Andrew's College, is tackled by Robert Buckley, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 2nd Round, St. Andrew's College v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin
James Black, St. Andrew's College, is tackled by Robert Buckley, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 2nd Round, St. Andrew's College v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin

Newbridge were always a step ahead of St Andrew's once their second rows Brian Larkin and Mike Joyce pounced for tries in the fifth and 14th minutes on Tuesday. 

 The problem for St Andrew's, led by number eight Jonny Guy, was that they were looking at a 10-point deficit. Their lock Nick Hibberd's low carry took them to within five until The Bridge's scrum-half Colm Doyle's penalty closed it.

Newbridge: M Delaney; R Cleary,  J Howlett, J O'Brien (capt), C Stapleton; T Murphy, C Doyle; J Duggan, C Johnson, D Breen, M Joyce, B Larkin, T O'Neill, R Buckley, P Ryan.   Replacements: R Culliton for 55 mins; A Mahony for Joyce, D Culliton for Howlett both 69 mins.

St Andrew's: J McDonagh; S Ballance, P Sullivan, G Fearon (capt), S Smith; R Nicoll, J Black; R Bradley, L Judge, R O'Flaherty; B Ryan, N Hibberd, Z Henry, B Nolke, J Guy. Replacements: A Waller for Ryan ht; D Wilson for O'Flaherty 37 mins; C Sinnamon for Ballance 55 mins.  Referee: P Haycock, Leinster Branch.

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