With the new rules having kicked in, St Munchin’s, by virtue of scoring the first try of the game, earn a home quarter-final while Pres must wait and see what awaits them.
After an absorbing opening spell, the first score came from a penalty. Pres scrum-half John Poland knocked over an 18th-minute opportunity, and struck an upright with another attempt a couple of minutes later.
That miss hurt because Alan Wallace kicked St Munchin’s back level after 29 minutes with a relatively easy penalty, although the Limerick side had to sweat in the ensuing minutes of that opening half.
Pres winger Darragh Dennehy barely put a foot in touch before his inside pass to captain Paul Kiernan looked to have created a try-scoring opportunity. It went on and on, with Pres pushing forward. Although they had to work hard to create serious scoring opportunities, they did play the game deep in St Munchin’s territory and the visitors can feel satisfied having gone in level at the break.
It got better for Munchin’s nine minutes into the second period when Shane Halpin chased down a PBC handling error in midfield to hack on and brilliantly pick up to score an unconverted try for an 8-3 lead.
The Limerick side kept plugging away, dominating possession and territory. Pres tried everything to lift the siege but made silly errors, albeit under pressure from a well organised St Munchin’s defence.
A late try from left-winger Cian Collins gave PBC hope again, but the try went unconverted and therefore the Cork side must play their quarter-final away from home.
PBC: R Reardon, D Dennehy, P Kiernan (capt), S Daly, C Collins, C Flanagan, J Poland, J Ring, C Stanton, S MacCarthy, D Fitzgerald, M Carey, E Perry, D St Leger, G Smith.
Replacements: J O’Donovan for Stanton (4), C O’Flynn for Carey (50)
ST MUNCHIN’S: B Price, M Devanney, E O’Keeffe, S Halpin, D Doona, A Wallace, B Bennett, P Meyer, L O’Halloran (capt), B Keogh, D Begley, N Nugent, T O’Dwyer, J Foley, B Kilkenny.
Referee: D O’Flynn (M.A.R).