Not only does it present an opportunity to further claims to the trophy but, for Crescent, it offers the chance of revenge and, for Christians, the prospect of a Musgrave Park final.
Crescent lost to holders Rockwell in the opening round (5-15) and the Tipperary college now await the winners of today’s game in the final. Clearly, Crescent put that defeat behind them when they came to Cork and overcame PBC (18-12) in the quarter-final.
A victory for Christians will mean a Cork final, rather than Limerick, on March 18 and they’re hoping to build on the three victories they enjoyed throughout the campaign.
Christians started out with a facile win over depleted Midleton College (58-3) and lived dangerously before defeating Castletroy College 13-11 in the next round. They hit high spots again in the last 20 minutes of a tough quarter-final with Glenstal and eased away to secure an impressive 41-8 victory.
Clearly, given the right circumstances, CBC have scoring power but Crescent feel they have a bit as well behind the scrum. Insiders at the Limerick school believe the biggest challenge will be to stand up to a big, rugged, Christians pack led by powerful tight head prop Rory Burke. If they manage to do that, they believe they have a chance, particularly now that flyer Greg O’Shea is back after a long injury lay-off.
CBC: C McAuliffe, R Slater, T Quinlan, J Dowling, S McAuliffe, K Monahan, R Foley, L O’Connor, D Fitzgerald, R Burke (captain), S Gill, D Moloney, A Penney, A McCarthy, T Arrigan.
Crescent: J Frawley, J O’Sullivan, W Leonard, JJ O’Neill, G O’Shea, G Lyons (captain), G Fitzgerald, M O’Donnell, J Green, L McMahon, J Keane, R Scott, D Dee, J Dinneen, J Kavanagh.