The Mardyke nursery won’t be short of motivation, having fallen to a highly-rated Crescent College Comprehensive 15-10 in their last outing.
They can take solace from the fighting qualities they showed that day, making life very uncomfortable late on for Crescent, who at 15-3 looked set to go on to win handsomely.
Out-half Thomas Duggan is a key man for Pres, given he shoulders the goal-kicking responsibility but is also adept at creating space for those outside him, as evidenced by the neat chip that led to centre Gavin O’Callaghan’s try against Crescent.
He is backed up by stand-out flanker Matt Curtin, who is one of three players – alongside wing Rory Fenton and hooker Max Abbott – who were part of last year’s cup-winning side.
CBC will hope they have learned some lessons from their 22-10 win over Glenstal last time out, when the Murroe school frustrated them for the long periods before late tries from wing Adam Finn and scrum-half Ryan Foley settled matters.
Finn’s solo effort – which saw him dance down the touchline to score – showcased his running abilities, while Foley is the side’s fulcrum in many respects.
And not just due to the number nine on his back; he is a goal-kicking scrum-half.
Meanwhile, Crescent will be slight favourites to oust Rockwell College from the competition at Garryowen today (3pm), but could be in for a backlash from the Tipperary school.
Rockwell were shattered by a Castletroy comeback last time out, relinquishing a 10-3 lead late on having dominated the first half.
Coleman Kennedy’s goal-kicking battle with Crescent’s Greg O’Shea could be crucial to the outcome, while the latter will also look to strong-running centre David Culhane to repeat his try-scoring heroics against Pres.