Young Schmidt proves a bonus for Terenure
JOE Schmidt’s young son Tim bagged the bonus-point try for Terenure College as they won their Dublin 6W AIL derby with St Mary’s College to continue their excellent start to the new season.
Terenure moved back to the top of Division 1A following their third straight bonus-point victory, scoring 25 second-half points to overcome their local rivals at Templeville Road.
Mary’s had done the double on ‘Nure last season and held a 14-7 lead at half-time, their American fullback Tim Maupin jinking over for a 14th-minute opening try.
However, Terenure had a timely response before the break, their inside centre Ted O’Donoghue spotting a gap and sprinting in under the posts for a seven-pointer. Try number two followed in the 47 th minute when in-form openside Niall Lalor’s lung-bursting run earned him his third try of the campaign, which went unconverted.
With their tails up, James Blaney’s men turned down a 52nd-minute penalty and the subsequent lineout maul was finished off by hooker and captain Robbie Smyth. Out-half Mark O’Neill converted for a 19-14 lead.
With both coaches looking to their benches, O’Neill nailed a 35-metre penalty entering the final quarter. His 21-year-old half-back partner Schmidt made it 29 points without reply when he dived over at the end of another pacy and power-packed move. And Terenure closed the door on the hosts’ bonus point bid as O’Neill closed out this ‘Battle of the Parishes’ with an injury-time penalty.