Coach Scott plays down revenge talk as Pres face Castletroy in decider

REVENGE should be high on the agenda for Presentation Brothers College, Cork who take on Castletroy College in the Avonmore Munster Schools Junior Cup decider at Musgrave Park today (3.00).

But, PBC coach Peter Scott is taking a totally pragmatic approach — despite the fact that Pres were denied a place in the senior final by a last-gasp Castletroy try a few weeks ago.

That game, contended Scott, doesn’t count; it’s all about the juniors and the fact that “they have done exceptionally well to work their way into a decider and receive the chance to defend a trophy they won last year.

Scott believes the holders — even with home city advantage — will start as underdogs.

“We played Castletroy twice this season; they beat us very well on the first occasion and we managed to win by a couple of points the next time. They’ve got a very strong forward pack, and have a lot of pace in midfield, so I feel our work will be cut out for us.

“I’d just be concerned about the superior physical advantage that they might enjoy,” he said.

But Scott wasn’t ruling out a victory either. “I think we have come a long way since the start of the campaign. We beat St Munchin’s, the favourites, and that was a great win.

“We also won a second game in Limerick, and I was really proud of the way the players rallied to get themselves into the final.

“They work very hard for each other and that’s a very good sign of a team,” he added.

His Castletroy counterpart James Collins is under no illusions either and he pointed to the fact that Pres had twice won “big games” on the road.

He went on: “I’m not taking too much on board in relation to the earlier results; I don’t think either side was full strength on those occasions and it was early in the season.

“Actually, we have a great relationship with Pres over the last few years at all levels; I think both schools want to go out and play good rugby, but it’s going to be very difficult.

“We made the final last year but it’s a new thing to have to go to Cork and take the title down there. It’s going to be very difficult,” he said.

Both coaches agree it could be something of a “cracker”.

If last year is anything to go by — the teams also met in the decider that Pres won 11-3 — there won’t be any holding back.

Scott recalled: “They threw everything at us for the first 20 minutes of that game and we barely survived. Having done that, we managed to pull away but it was a really tough and very enjoyable cup final. I expect it’s going to be much the same tomorrow,” he said.

PBC: S. Glynn, M. O’Leary, R. Cullinane, C. Bannon, B. O’Sullivan, E. Mills, M. Kelleher, B. Scott, D. Malone, S. Randles, D. Hartnett, G. O’Mahony, R. Murphy (captain), A. Hudson, J. O’Callaghan. Replacements. D. Horgan, E. Power, F. Dinneen, M. Russell, S. Dinan, B. Fitzgerald, J. Fitzgerald.

CASTLETROY: J. O’Sullivan, D. Nolan, S. Droog, E. Clancy, G. Barrett, A. Fullen, N. Cronin (captain), G. Egliston, E. Murphy, C. Clancy, K. Reale, D. O’Brien, M. Dooley, E. Carroll, C. Bonfil. Replacements. D. O’Brien, T. O’Sullivan, J. McDonnell, R. Humphreys, J. Hourigan, B. Neville, W. Shanahan.

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