Powerful Presentation hold the edge

PRESENTATION BROTHERS COLLEGE, Cork, and Rockwell College, Co Tipperary, two of the traditional strongholds of the game, clash in this afternoon’s (3pm) final of the Avonmore Munster Schools’ Senior Cup at Thomond Park.

In a week when Ireland are seeking their 11th Triple Crown, it is interesting to note Rockwell provided two players, brothers Mick and Jack Ryan, to the side that captured the then mythical trophy for the second time in 1899. That achievement set a tradition and a standard Rockwell has maintained. They captured the Munster senior title in its second year in 1910 and have brought it home on 22 other occasions, the most recent in 2001.

Pres and Rockwell had a narrow squeak on the way to the decider, Rockwell when they pipped Castletroy 12-10 with a drop goal in the 11th minute of stoppage time, and Pres when they did well to get out with a 10-all draw against St Munchin’s in the quarter-final before romping home by 30-3 in the replay.

Pres are chasing a 28th trophy and draw level on the honours list with CBC. They will look to the opportunism of winger Ross Caplice, the skill of full-back Seamus Glynn and the power of forwards Niall Scannell, skipper David O’Mahony, Rob O’Herlihy and back-row Cathal O’Flaherty.

Rockwell got out of jail against Castletroy. Their saviour was Irish Schools out-half JJ Hanrahan with a stoppage-time drop goal.

On their way to the final, Rockwell also defeated St Munchin’s and Ard Scoil Ris with their captain and flanker Shane Buckley and back-row Luke Cahill invariably to the fore. They are desperate to claim the trophy in the first senior final to be played at Thomond Park. They are capable of doing so but may lack the strength of Pres.

PBC: S. Glynn; R. Caplice, J. Costigan, D. Horgan, E. Dennehy; S. Og Murphy, R. Barry; C. Keane, B. Vaughan, N. Scannell, R. O’Herlihy, D. O’Mahony cpt, B. Carroll, J. Duffy, C. O’Flaherty.

ROCKWELL: B. O’Rahilly; S. Horgan, H. McNulty, D. McGillicuddy, R. Mullane; J.J. Hanrahan, T. Rafferty; T. Doyle, R. Moran, C. O’Donnell, S. McCarthy, S. McGuire, S. Buckley cpt, J. Meagher, L. Cahill.

Referee: Leo Colgan (MAR).

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