ST. MARY'S COLLEGE 24 CORK CONSTITUTION 20, Templeville Road
Scorers: St. Mary's College: Tries: Hugh Hogan, Mark Sexton, Rob Sweeney, Darragh Fanning; Cons: Gavin Dunne 2
Cork Constitution: Tries: Frank Cogan, Penalty try; Cons: Scott Deasy 2; Pens: Scott Deasy 2
In a thoroughly entertaining encounter at Templeville Road, St. Mary's played an exciting brand of quick, running rugby to edge out the table toppers, despite a hearty comeback effort from the visitors towards the end.
The home side made the early running with centre Mark Sexton making a nice break in the second minute, setting the platform for a period of pressure on the Cork Con try-line.
However, this ended quickly when hooker Richie Sweeney knocking on inches from the line.
St. Mary's, who beat Blackrock College 26-9 last time out, were aiming to maintain their good form and their positive early play paid off in the ninth minute with a nicely finished try.
Winger Darragh Fanning picked up a loose ball and made significant ground, breaking through the line and offloading to Sexton at the right moment.
The onrushing centre then popped the ball back inside to number 8 and captain Hugh Hogan who had a five-metre run to the whitewash.
The visitors quickly regained their composure and showed their skill with a slick back-line move involving centre Tom Gleeson, winger Richie Lane and skipper Evan Ryan, but the attack came to a halt when flanker Peter O'Mahony was penalised for not releasing.
St. Mary's impressively notched their second try after 24 minutes through centre Sexton who came onto a pass with a nice line which allowed him to score under the posts.
Full-back Scott Deasy, who recently impressed for Munster, made his mark on the game to reduce the home lead to 14-3 through a nice penalty kick.
Despite trailing 14-3, Cork Con were still showing plenty of adventure through the back-line, but never finding a gap in the solid St. Mary's defence.