These cup specialists, Garryowen with 38 titles and Con, the holders for the last three years, with 26, are minus key personnel due to injuries and Munster A duty.
Con are without three front row forwards Liam O’Connor, Rory Burke and Brendan Quinlan, along with Darren Sweetnam, all of whom are in the provincial squad for tomorrow’ B and I Cup tie against the Ospreys.
The Limerick outfit are minus Shane Buckley, Conor Oliver, Bill and David Johnston who are in Wales with Mick O’Driscoll’s squad.
Despite that backdrop Garryowen’s forward coach Paul Neville expects today’s clash to continue the recent trend of close affairs. Con won each of their last two titles at the expense of Garryowen, 9-6 and 26-22, respectively, while a late try for Garryowen earned them Ulster Bank League points at Dooradoyle just a few short weeks ago.
“That league game was a tight affair, we won it in the last few minutes and I suppose it was a typical Garryowen-Con match. It seems all there ever is between the two clubs is a hop of a ball. Both teams are hampered by all the missing players but that won’t take from the competitive edge”, said Neville.
In Clifford Park, Young Munster take on UL Bohs in the second of this weekend’s quarter finals. There is Ulster Bank League action in Cork (Division 1B) between Dolphin and Blackrock at Musgrave Park and UCC against Thomond (Div 2A) at the Mardyke.