PBC show their class with rout of Munchin’s

PRESENTATION College cruised to their 27th Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup title with this comprehensive victory at Thomond Park yesterday.

The Cork side had narrowly won when the sides met earlier in the competition but there was never any doubt about the outcome against a St Munchin’s team that never performed to its potential.

It was obvious PBC had benefited from their two close games against CBC as they took control from the kick-off. Skipper and number eight John Fitzgerald and back-row colleague Will Foley set a pace that never relented.

The pack provided a lively back division, in which centre Seamus Glynn and full-back Steven Dinan were always a threat, with quality possession.

The teams looked evenly matched in the opening quarter, however, all that changed in the 20th minute when PBC out-half Rory Scannell got his back line moving sweetly before the outstanding Foley delivered a perfect scoring pass to winger Gavin O’Callaghan.

Dinan converted with a fine kick and Munchin’s were still reeling when the Cork boys struck again. Dinan made a powerful burst down the right before finding right wing Brian Crowley who outpaced the cover from 20 metres out.

Rocked by those blows Munchin’s lacked the penetration to make an impression on the scoreboard in spite of the efforts of skipper Cormac O’Donnell in the centre and forwards Shane Airey and Mel Corbett.

The winners showed they could defend as well as attack when the Limerick boys enjoyed their best spell ahead of the interval — though they conceded a penalty landed by out-half Tom O’Neill two minutes before the break.

Pres confirmed their superiority within seven minutes of the restart. Dinan began a move inside his half that was carried on by Rory Scannell before centre Seamus Glynn rumbled over with a few would-be tacklers for company.

Leading 17-3 and coasting, Pres remained in control before Scannell completed the scoring with a beautifully-taken drop goal.

“It was great to be here today on such a big occasion for schools rugby and delighted to have played so well,” said winning coach Peter Scott. “We scored three cracking tries and lived up to our pre-match ambition to play at a very high tempo. Make no mistake, Munchin’s competed well but on the day but I felt we were much the better team and the third try really killed it off.”

PBC: S. Dinan; B. Crowley, S. Glynn, G. O’Callaghan, D. O’Keeffe; R. Scannell, P. O’Leary; M. Curtin, D. Keohane, R. Callanan, H. O’Halloran, R. McCarthy, I. Silke, W. Foley, J. Fitzgerald capt.

Replacements: R. Fenton for Crowley (53); D. Evans and J. Griffin for O’Halloran and O’Leary (57); M. Abbott for Keohane (58); T. Duggan for O’Keeffe (59); A. Cremin for O’Callaghan (63).

ST MUNCHIN’S: D. Morrissey; C. Shanahan, A. Hannigan, C. O’Donnell capt, G. Bateman; T. O’Neill, B. Nugent; E. Kelly, G. Sheehan, D. Byrne, M. McSweeney, B. Kilkenny, G. Powell, S. Airey, M. Corbett.

Replacements: S. Houlihan for Sheehan (37); D. Staunton for Kilkenny (48).

Referee: J. Lacey (Munster AR).

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