ST Munchin’s College get a quick shot at avenging their Munster Schools Senior Cup final defeat to Rockwell College from last season when the keen rivals go head-to-head in a semi-final tie at Clanwilliam RFC later today, Tuesday (3pm).
In the second of the semi-finals, on Thursday, Crescent Comprehensive will be aiming to take a giant step towards securing a first Senior Cup title in 19 years when tackling CBC, of Cork, at Clifford Park (3pm).
While St Munchin’s have availed of the the ‘second chance’ system to reach this week’s semi-final, three-in-a-row seeking Rockwell remain unbeaten in this season’s competition.
St Munchin’s showed admirable resilience to overcome a fancied Ardscoil Ris side, 19-12, in their quarter-final clash at Annacotty last month, gabbing two crucial second half tries through captain lee Nicholas and centre Dan Goggin. Rockwell deprived St Munchin’s of a first Cup success in six years last March, courtesy of a 6-5 final success at Thomond Park.
The current St Munchin’s squad includes 11 players who are survivors from their Cup exploits of last season. The side is again captained by talented back-row Nicholas, who has played for the Munster U-19 side. It also includes Munster Schools players, Edward O’Keeffe and Ben Kilkenny, who is a nephew of former Ireland and Lions hooker, Keith Wood.
Three in a row-seeking Rockwell have 14 survivors from their extended squad of 2012. Two players, lock Neville Flynn and flanker Sonny O’Dwyer are bidding to win a third Senior Cup medal.
Number eight Aidan Butler is a brother of Munster star, Paddy.
Crescent College, who will also be aiming to make the March 18 final when they host CBC in Thursday’s semi-final at Clifford Park,