THE business end of the SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup kicks-off today, Tuesday, when the first two quarter-finals are down for decision.
In the day’s opening game, St Munchin’s College travel to Clanwilliam to face Rockwell College at 3pm in a repear of the 2012 final which the Tipperary side won narrowly.
In the second of today’s quarter-finals, Ardscoil Ris, fresh from their first round win over St Munchin’s, host CBC at Dooradoyle at 3.30pm.
While the first round games decided which sides would enjoy home advantage for the quarter-finals, this week’s games are all knock-out fixtures.
Rockwell College v St Munchin’s College
ST Munchin’s will take a lot of encouragement from many aspects of their display against Ardscoil Ris last time out.
Although they ultimately lost that derby clash against Ardscoil Ris, St Munchin’s College enjoyed the upperhand, both in terms of territory and possession for long stages. The St Munchin’s forwards were highly impressive on the day, superbly led by captain John Foley, prop Peter Meyer, second-row Liam O’Dwyer and hooker Jordan Prendiville.
However, the Corbally side will need to find some more cutting edge behind the scrum to add to the exciting talents of scrum-half Briain Bennett.
Quarter-final opponents Rockwell opened their campaign with a precious away win over PBC in Cork. Rockwell have 15 players back from their 2014 Cup side which bowed out of the competition at the hands of St Munchin’s College. St Munchin’s will need to step up their performance level several notches if they are to cause an upset.
Ardscoil Ris v CBC
ARDSCOIL Ris got their Cup campaign off to a winning start when seeing off local rivals St Munchin’s College in the opening round.
Their reward is a home tie with pre-Cup favourites CBC who were beaten by Rockwell College first time up.
Ardscoil will take a good deal of confidence from their first round win over St Munchin’s. While certainly not firing on all cylinders, Ardscoil were clinical in attack, making the most of the scoring opportunities which came their way. Two first half tries had Ardscoil in the ascendancy and when St Munchin’s hit back in the second half, the boot of Conor Fitzgerald guided the North Circular Road outfit to victory.
Ardscoil are able to call upon the services of nine members of the squad which reached last season’s Cup final, including seven members of the starting team.
2012 Junior Cup winners CBC will not be fazed by the prospect of coming to Limerick. Ardscoil will need to step up their performance levels several notches if they are to oust their Cork opponents.