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Monday 11 December 2017

Terenure's credentials are clear

rugby: Junior Cup first round

Terenure showed why they have set the benchmark all season with a resounding 43-19 victory over a well-above average King's Hospital in the Leinster Junior Cup first round on Monday.

Billy Dardis will start at full-back for the Ireland U20s against Italy and his younger brother Sam certainly made an unforgettable impact with a hat-trick of tries to put beside a brace by talented free-running centre Adam La Grue.

The overall impression was of a team of gears. When they had to go into overdrive, they found it in a real test against a Hos' outfit with a centre of substance in Daniel Eiffe.

Belvedere looked more than decent in pulling away from St Gerard's to win 20-0 on Tuesday with their tries coming from out-half John Meagher and captain Harry Beggy, the son of former Meath All-Ireland winner David.

They weren't the only bright spots with centre David Hawkshaw looking the part and ball-playing front rowers Johnny Bell and Luan McGrath creating space where there seemed to be none.

Roscrea centre Adi Donovan was a class-apart with a hat-trick from their five tries in a 31-14 defeat of St Mary's on Sunday afternoon.

Captain Jack O'Cinneide played through the pain barrier and number eight Luke Rigney was a hard man to stop on the gain line.

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