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'NIALL BE THERE' VOWS HOGAN; Ireland 38 Barbarians 70.

Niall Hogan is certain to captain Terenure College in the Leinster Cup Final against Lansdowne today after being substituted briefly in Ireland's defeat by the Barbarians.

Hogan was on the bench for 16 minutes but squashed suggestions that he will miss the final.

"It was just a case of trying to conserve energy - I'm perfectly fit to play for Terenure," he said.

Like his team-mates, the Irish skipper suffered in the sun as the Baa Baas ran in 10 tries, all converted by Jonathan Callard.

On a day when only Victor Costello and Jeremy Davidson matched the power of the winners' pack, Ireland were always struggling, but flank forward Denis McBride put a brave face on defeat: "Some of their stuff was brilliant, but credit our lads for staying with it," he said.

"At the end we had run in six tries - and that doesn't happen too often for an Irish team."

England's Rory Underwood showed the way and it was champagne rugby all the way.

Big Victor Costello lifted the hopes of a 30,00 crowd briefly with two well taken tries and before the end winger Richard Wallace stole a leaf from the Baa-Baas' book with a spectacular score under the post.

But by that stage the winners were out of sight. It was Bachop, brilliantly inventive, who splintered the defence to set up try- scoring chances for Underwood, Johan Roux and Philip de Glanville.

Replacement Will Greenwood got his name on the score list with a superb run which took him in under the posts late in the game.

Ireland will take little consolation from the exercise. The tackling of the back row was at times non-existent, although Hogan tried hard to rally his team,

Fullback Simon Mason who dropped a pass on the line at a stage when the Irish desperately needed a score after trailing 35-14 at the interval. The Baa-Baas response to that reprieve was quick and decisive. Rush, sent clear by Bachop, outstripped the cover from halfway and he then provided the pass for Cotterill, the uncapped Leicester hooker, to score behind the posts.

Underwood had started it all with that mazy opening try and fittingly he added a second score after Bachop had again found the gap in the Irish back row .

Lee Jarvis Rush, early in the second half, joined in the scoring spree by shaking off Hogan's tackle to get in on the corner.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:O'reilly, Hugh
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 19, 1996
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