There was disappointment for St Clement’s in the Munster Junior Cup on Wednesday afternoon as they were beaten 36-7 by Rockwell.
If St Clements were to upset Rockwell at Greenfields, they were going to have to make the most of a stiff breeze in the first half.
But despite having plenty of possession, it was Rockwell who raced into a 19 point lead inside the opening 16 minutes.
The first try came after only five minutes when Rockwell number 8, Patrick Murchan made an excellent break from the base of a scrum to score under the posts.
Centre Ryan O’Sullivan followed up minutes later with an intercept try running the length of the field when Clements were deep inside the Rockwell 22.
A lineout drive was finished off by Rockwell prop James O’Meara to give Clement’s an impossible task for the second half.
The score didn’t reflect the amount of possession and territory that Clement’s had in the first half and they did manage to strike back before the break when centre Derry Gleeson was not held in the tackle and showed great determination to drive over from close range.
Rockwell replied immediately with a try and added two more in the second half to run out 36-7 winners.
ST CLEMENT’S: James Neville, Craig O’Brien, Luke Fitzgerald, Derry Gleeson, Sean Wilmott, Aran Hehir, Gerard OByrne, Dillon Cotter, Colin Byrne, Aaron Stacey, Denis Mortell, Adam Ahern, Shane Brosnahan, Michael Kiely. Subs: Darragh Ryan, Conor Clancy, Osas Omorondion, Aidan Quinlivan, Killian McCarthy, Morgan Higgins, Conor Joyce, Evan Griffin