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Picturedabove: Clontarf scrum half Fiach O'Loughlin and Old Belvedere lockScott Hutton pose with the Leddin Finance Leinster Senior Cup trophywhich the two Dublin clubs will fight for in Sunday's final atDonnybrook (kick-off 2.30pm).

'Tarf won last season's final 23-16, beating St. Mary's College in a hotly-contested decider at the RDS.



Joe Leddin from competition sponsors Leddin Finance grips onto the trophy with Scott Hutton and Fiach O'Loughlin in the background. Hutton hails from Glasgow and is a big Rangers fan. The 6ft 4in forward is hoping he can help 'Belvo' secure their eleventh Leinster Senior Cup title this weekend.

Belvedereaccounted for De La Salle Palmerston (34-17), Naas (38-7), TerenureCollege (18-8) and Greystones (22-20) on the way to the final. Theironly blip came in the round robin series in September when they wentdown 22-17 to Lansdowne.



Belvo are coached by New Zealander Mike O'Donovan, Richie Murphy and Warren O'Kelly. Theyare in their ninth consecutive season in AIB League Division Two and
currently lie third in the table. Player-coach Murphy, the former PresBray Junior Cup star, became the league's all-time top scorer lastweekend, kicking 20 points in the 40-8 defeat of DLSP.

The experienced out-half, who works as an Elite Player DevelopmentOfficer with Leinster Rugby, previously played with Clontarf in theleague, as well as Greystones and County Carlow.



O'Loughlin,24, was a Division One winner with Shannon before his transfer toCastle Avenue last year. He was Ireland's starting scrum half for lastMarch's AIB Club International win over Scotland.

'Tarf have Kiwi Phil Werahikoin place again as their head coach. Wins over Blackrock College (27-3),Barnhall (32-7), UCD (31-27) and St. Mary's College (16-6) have thenorth Dubliners in with a shout of retaining the cup.

They are currently seventh in the Division One standings, and beat UCD 27-6 last weekend with tries from O'Loughlin, Peter O'Brien (2) and Johnny Wickham, their 2005/06 captain.

**All photos by Cathal Noonan of Inpho Photography**


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