Third fi­nal for Balt­in­glass

Bray People - - SPORT -

SCOIL CHONGLAIS from Balt­in­glass reached their third fi­nal in the le­in­ster Rugby Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Cup in as many years by de­feat­ing Pa­tri­cian Col­lege New­bridge by 24 points to 0 in Car­low Rugby Club last Wed­nes­day.

The school is en­joy­ing a huge rise in pop­u­lar­ity in re­sent years since its in­tro­duc­tion only 10 years ago. With help from the IRFU through its ‘Play Rugby pro­grammes’ the pro­file of the game had been raised and the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the game out­side of the tra­di­tional cen­tres has been huge.

Scoil Chonglais now fields three teams in the Le­in­ster Rugby School com­pe­ti­tions and of­ten hasn’t room on the bus to bring all the boys who want to play.

The school’s head of rugby, Joe Dolan, knows they will not have things their own way n the fi­nal against St. Cil­lian’s of Kells who have breezed trough the top side of the draw amass­ing some big scores along the way.

“The Kells boys have had some big wins and don’t seem to con­ceded many scores it should be a good game. We have a young team with no fear. We are learn­ing all the time,” said Dolan.

En­route to the fi­nal the Balt­in­glass school beat Cre­gan Col­lege from Gorey, Co­laiste Lor­cain from Cas­tle­d­er­mot and Wick­low Com­mu­nity School.

They will now travel to Dublin to play St. Paul’s in the first round of the Le­in­ster Rugby Schools Duff Cup with the chance to mix it with big boys of schools rugby in the Cap­i­tal.

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