While Christians outscored their opponents 9-2 on the try count, they certainly did not get things their own way especially in the opening half when it was only an injury-time try that saw them lead 17-10 at the interval.
Christians head coach Tommy Crowe acknowledged those early struggles.
“I suppose it took a while to break Clement’s down. I thought they had great fighting spirit there and took their chances in the first half.
“It was level for a long time but once we got going, we showed a bit of composure and a bit of attitude on the ball.
“We got a couple of quick scores after half-time and it was just a matter of seeing it out but I thought they were fantastic.
“The scoreline did not reflect the game whatsoever.”
Robert Hedderman opened the scoring with a penalty for Christians after 13 minutes but Clement’s levelled with a long-range penalty from John Bateman.
Christians were back in front two minutes later when Adam O’Connor scored in the corner and Hedderman expertly converted.
Back came Clement’s and a move involving Evan Barrett and Bateman sent Adam Marshall in for a try which Bateman converted to tie up the scores.
Deep in stoppage time a break by Ronan Barry saw Hedderman touch down in the corner and he again converted to give CBC a 17-10 half-time lead.
“We knew we had to straighten up a small bit in the second half and had to be a bit more direct,” Crowe remarked
Four minutes into the second half prop Robert Loftus charged his way over the line for a Christians try and Eoghan Barrett burst through the defence minutes later for a 29-10 lead.
The Christians pack was rampant with Anthony Ryan, Cian Hurley, Loftus and Ben Roche excelling.
Two further tries from O’Connor and one each from Barrett and Hedderman made it 53-10 with 10 minutes remaining.
Clement’s never gave up and they were rewarded with a try following a quickly-taken penalty that saw Evan Griffin send Shane Brosnahan in. Bateman converted.
Scott Buckley completed the scoring three minutes from time to seal Christians’ place in today’s draw.
R Hedderman; J O’Hea, E Barrett, T Downes, A O’Connor; E Monohan, J O’Riordan; R Loftus, D Good, L Masters; A Ryan, C Hurley; J Willis, R Barry, B Roche.
C Rasmussen, D O’Connor, H Fitzgerald, D McAuliffe, S Buckley, F Burke, L Kahn, C Whooley, H Riordan, M Bowen.
Alex Kiely; Adam Kiely, A Marshall, J Bateman, C O’Brien; E Barrett, E Griffin; C Byrne, A Ahern, A Stacey; A Lloyd, D Bridgeman; C Heelan, S Duggan, S Brosnahan.
D Lee, E Keenan-Quinn, G O’Byrne, K McCarthy, R Dunne, M Kiely, J Neville, A Fitzgerald, A Walsh, N Curry.
C Harrington (MAR).