TODAY’S double decker of junior and senior Munster Schools Cups provided plenty of excitement for the big attendance.
Junior Cup - Rockwell 24, Glenstal 0:
There was an exphatic win for the Tipperary school in this first round game. Glenstal had started well, turning down an early penalty chance to go for territory and then failing to convert another chance when they went for the posts. The misses proved costly, Rockwell weathered the storm and with their first serious assault inside the Abbey ten metre line Sam Terleton opened up the defence with a fine break and scrum half Adam Maher got over for the opening try on eight minutes.
It was 12-0 to Rockwell with 17 minutes played, Michael Mulligan getting over and Rory Collins kicking the conversion and Glenstal’s hopes deteriorated further a few minutes before the break, number eight Adam Buttiner charging over for his side’s third try which was expertly converted by out-half Rory Collins.
Trailing 19-0 Glenstal put in a massive effort in the second half and were twice denied tries by some excellent defensive play by Rockwell. The Abbey were not helped by an injury after just eight minutes to Tom Rooney and the sin-binning of a player in each half and Rockwell availed of the advantage before the end with tight head prop Jake Heffernan capping a good display by forcing his way over near the corner flag for the final score of the game.
Rockwell deserved their win, they ran the ball with more authority, were faster at the breakdown and had some outstanding performances from Adam Maher, Dean Fanning and Adam Buttimer. Glenstal fought to the end but they need to improve in their next outing if they are to remain in contention but with players like William Twomey, Rob McNamara, Matthew Cannon and Cormac Frawley in their side, they could still be a force in this cup competition.
Rockwell College: Tom Tobin; Darius Achimugu, Sam Tarleton, Michael Mulligan, Robert Wall; Rory Collins, AdamMaher; Matthew Bourke, Cathal Ryan, Jake Jeffernan; Charles Shanahan, Luke Fogarty; Liam Shine, Dean Fanning, Adam Buttimer. Replacements, Eddie Osereimen, Tom Downey, Michael Bergin, Brian Gleeson, Tom Ross, Ben McCarthy, Henry Buttimer,
Alex Cronin, Jay Casey Coleman, Niall Maher.
Glenstal Abbey: Robert McNamara; EvanO’Neill, Aboudi Al-Helaissi, William Twomey, John Walsh; Tristan Higgins, Josh Kennedy; Dermot Hughes, Matthew Cannon, Seamus Kerrisk; Stefan Caulfield-Drier, Angus McDonald, Tom Rooney, Ben Shippam, Cormac Frawley. Replacements, Iarlaith Reilly, Cian O’Brien, Adam White, Ivor Larkin, Liam Duggan, Charlie McCartan, Ian Larkin, Patrick Johnston, Robert Burke, James Shields.
Under 19 Munster Senior Cup - Glenstal 10, Rockwell 8:
This was a cup game of real quality with a high level of skills on view from both schools. Rockwell pounded the Glen line from the ‘off’ but eventually had to settle for a three pointer, kicked from outside the 22 by out-half Jake Flannery with six minutes played. Glenstal had to withstand further periods of pressure but a booming clearance from their fly-half Ben Healy eventually got them into a scoring position.
The Abbey pounded the Rock defence in search of a try and they levelled the game at 3-3 when Ben Healy was accurate from a close-in penalty on 12 minutes. Rockwell struggled to contain the Glenstal threequarter line but their defence showed resilience under fierce pressure. Still level at the break with one score each, this game badly needed a piece of magic and Glenstal were the ones to produce it 12 minutes into the second half. They worked the ball from right to left at the Pavilion end, Caolan Dooley’s step opened up a small gap and left wing Ronan Quinn danced past two tackles to score a sublime try with Ben Healy accurate with the conversion.
Rockwell threw everything into the last quarter. They brought in Brian O’Sullivan to the ten position, moving Jake Flannery to the centre and things began to happen. O’Sullilvan’s impact was immediate, showing his pace with a fine break and it was the replacement who got the final score of this most entertaining game. Glenstal were attacking down the right flank on the Rock ten metre line, Healy tried a cross-field kick to the left wing but Quinn had the ball snapped from him by Brian O’Sullivan who raced over 50 metres to the try line at the other end. Jake Flannery’s conversion attempt that would have levelled the tie missed the target.
Glenstal: Aaron Egan; Andrew Hogan, Henry Benner, Caolan Dooley, Ronan Quinn; Ben Healy, Andrew Walsh; Harry Boland, George Downing, Patrick Prendergast; David Kelly, James Fitzgerald; Ronan Leahy, Conor Booth, Mark Fleming. Replacements, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Donnagh Hyland, John Ashe, Mark Walsh, Niall Queally, Brian Leonard, Scott MacKeown, Mark O’Farrell, Ronan Healy,Emmett Aylward.
Rockwell:Dylan Farrelly; Conor Pearson, Jack Hunt, Andrew Daly, Sean Cotter; Jake Flannery, Oisin Mangan; Ciaran Ryan, Darragh Molloy, Brendan Ryan; Niall O'Halloran, Robert Browne; Conall Kennedy, Jack Harney, Stephen Grogan. Replacements, James O'Meara,Tom Dowling, Tom Russell, Harry Tobin, Cathal Hayes, John O'Sullivan, Maurice O'Sullivan, Ryan O'Sullivan.