CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE 38 ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 20, the RDS
Scorers: Clongowes Wood: Tries: Garret O'Suilleabhain, Ian Prendiville 2, Stephen MacAuley 2; Cons: Garret O'Suilleabhain 5; Pen: Garret O'Suilleabhain
St. Michael's: Tries: Mark Craig, David Egan; Cons: Cathal Marsh 2; Pens: Cathal Marsh 2
Clongowes prop Ian Prendiville helped himself to two tries as did full-back Stephen MacAuley in a high-scoring encounter at the RDS.
The Kildare school, last winners of this title in 2000, got off to a dream start in the first minute when effective centre Garret O'Suilleabhain touched down for a try which he also converted.
Prendiville added his first try on 14 minutes, which centre O'Suilleabhain again converted, before St. Michael's halved the deficit thanks to a try from centre Mark Craig.
Out-half Cathal Marsh added the extra points and a well-struck penalty on the half hour mark, leaving the score nicely poised at 14-10 coming up to the interval.
Prop Prendiville struck in injury-time to expand Clongowes' lead to 21-10 thanks also to O'Suilleabhain's third successful conversion of the day.
Credit to St. Michael's though, they remained in the game as there was still time for Marsh to slot home another penalty on the stroke of half-time.
O'Suilleabhain added to his tally with a 38th minute penalty before MacAuley touched down on 51 and 59 minutes, with the prolific O'Suilleabhain adding both conversions, to all but seal the win.
Winger David Egan touched down in the left corner, with Marsh converting, to add some gloss to the scoreline in the 64th minute, but it was too late to stage a further comeback.
CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE: Stephen MacAuley; Oscar O'Suilleabhain, Jack McMahon, Garret O'Suilleabhain, Aaron Thompson; David Quirke, Dermot O'Meara; Edward Byrne, Evan Lewis, Ian Prendiville, Tadhg Beirne, Robert Hynes (capt), Conor Gilsenan, Nick McCarthy, Jordan Coughlan.
Replacements used: Seamus O'Keeffe for Lewis, Sean Burke for McCarthy (both 60 mins), Tom Collis for E Byrne, Mark Maxwell for Thompson (both 65), Neil Jones for McMahon (66), Thomas Byrne for Beirne, Shane O'Riordan for O'Meara (both 68).
ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE: Cormac Diamond; Mark Corballis, Alex Kelly, Mark Craig, David Egan; Cathal Marsh, Luke McGrath; Karl Duffy, Finlay Barry, David Reynolds, Shane O'Connor, Emmet MacMahon (capt), Daniel Leavy, Christopher Kenna, Paddy Dix.
Replacements used: Stephen McGarry for Dix, Shane Hogan for O'Connor (both 53 mins), Andrew Murphy for Barry (56). Not used: William Browne, Kevin Jones, Conor Gilsenan, Nathan Van Der Laan.
Referee: John Carvill (Leinster)