Mascot Maul: Paws for fowl play

WHEN a wolf tried to go munchin’ on a chicken yesterday he got much more than he bargained for.

In fairness to the bird-brained canine, the particular fowl he was taking on seemed well prepared to fight his corner as he was already wearing boxing gloves on his wings.

The impromptu “maul of the mascots” was captured by our photographer Dan Linehan during the half-time team talk at the keenly contested Avonmore Munster schools junior cup rugby game between St Munchins and Ardscoil Ris at Coonagh, in Limerick.

It was unclear last night what caused feathers to fly but the deliberations of the coaches were abruptly interrupted by the pitched battle.

What seemed to start as a bit of innocent horseplay soon turned serious, however, as both mascots began trading blows before falling to the ground in a scrum of punches and head locks.

When the wolf finally lost his head – quite literally – officials and coaching staff at the match were forced to step in and separate the two warring mascots.

After the skirmish was over the two combatants retired to lick their wounds but it wasn’t long before the chicken went cock-a-hoop and sprinted the length of the pitch.

Not to be outdone, schools’ rugby fans in Dublin also had a set-to at the Leinster Schools Senior Cup first round game between Gonzaga College and Castleknock College at Stradbrook Road, Blackrock.

While the only forewarning that the chicken in Limerick might be a bit scrappy was a pair of boxing gloves, in Dublin it was a wrestler’s mask which gave away his boisterous intention.

However, when the mysterious Gonzaga supporter rushed onto the pitch he was swiftly double-teamed to the ground – by what appeared to be a pair of Castleknock gnomes.

All-in-all another day that will live long in the memory of schools’ rugby fans.


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