A brace of Michael McGagh tries proved crucial in Donnybrook, as champions Blackrock College defeated Gonzaga College in the Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup quarter-final.
Following flanker McGagh’s tries, Blackrock held a 14-point interval lead before centre Liam Turner added a sublime 38th-minute try. Gonzaga’s tries came from full-back Andrew Coman and prop Matt Meagher.
Scorers for Blackrock College: M McGagh 2 tries, L Turner try, J Caputo 3 cons.
Scorers for Gonzaga College: A Coman, M Meagher try each, E Barr con.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE: N Brady; A Thompson, L Turner, R Hally-Doody, D Colgan; J Caputo, L O’Reilly; G Coyne, S Molony, T Clarkson; T Godson-Treacy, J Stapleton; J Burke, M McGagh, L McMahon.
Replacements: R Gallagher for Clarkson (43), M Grogan for McMahon (46), R Wilson for Brady (50), H Donnelly for O’Reilly, G Jones for Thompson (both 57), J Tarrant for Caputo, H Kelly for Molony, H Angulo (all 60).
GONZAGA COLLEGE: A Coman; C McCarthy, B O’Donnell, M Neville, D Inglis; E Barr, R Moran; M Meagher, E Barron, S Clear; C Fassbender, E Buggy; R Kidney, C Kirby-O’Brian, I O’Grady.
Replacements: H Barlow for Fassbender (34), S Barry for Neville (37), M Gleeson for Buggy (46), F O’hOisin for Coman (50).
Referee: A Lynch (Leinster Branch).