Wood strong enough to take Terenure prodigies
CLONGOWES WOOD College v Terenure College, Donnybrook, Sunday 12.30 - Setanta Ireland
It is going to take one almighty performance to shift Clongowes Wood from the throne they have so comfortably occupied for the last two years.
The Clongowes front row of twins Edward and Bryan Byrne and tight-head Daniel O'Byrne has been the start of everything good that they have managed to achieve in silencing Belvedere and Castleknock in the first two rounds.
From there, the back five forwards have been given a platform that they have used for a coherent, counter-attacking backline.
Still, Terenure are a force to be reckoned with and have winning pedigree from the 2009 and 2010 Junior Cup sides.
Silvio Borza, Daniel Hynes and Tiernan Creagh are hard men where you want them -- in the front row.
Patrick Thornton is a real scavenger on the openside and captain Niall Lalor is their natural leader from eight.
There is a physical element to their backline especially, and it will test the fabric of the best defences with centres Colin Jones and the highly skilled Harrison Brewer, an Ireland U18 Schools loose forward, giving them grunt in midfield.
Verdict: Clongowes Wood.
First Round: Clongowes Wood College 43 Belvedere College 10; Terenure College 17 Blackrock College 15.
Quarter-finals: Clongowes Wood College 34 Castleknock College 8; Terenure College 22 Gonzaga College 8.