Munster Schools Junior Cup Rugby First Round
Rockwell College 13
St Munchin’s, Limerick 10
Rockwell College advanced to the quarter finals of the Munster Schools Junior Cup after a hard fought victory over Limerick City side St Munchin’s at Clanwilliam FC in Tipperary Town on Friday afternoon last.
While Rockwell led for most of this entertaining encounter, a late surge from the Limerick men left Rockwell relieved heading to the dressing room with a three point advantage at the end.
Before the game a minute’s silence was observed for the late Michael Leamy from Cashel who was an uncle to coach Kevin and father of Junior Cup panelist Padraig.
The game started well for the Cashel men with their early forays into Munchin’s territory bringing several errors from their illustrious Limerick opponents. Bill Johnston punished one of those offside errors after 17 minutes with a well executed penalty and just three minutes later superb work at the breakdown from Johnston and scrum half Daryl Egan making his cup debut saw a slick interchange of passes between prop Tierney and flanker Kennedy before No.8 Mikey Wilson executing a clever handoff got Rockwell’s first try after 21 minutes at the clubhouse end with Johnston falling to add the extra with the difficult conversion.
Just 15 minutes into the second half it looked like game over when after several phases in Munchin’s territory fullback Stephen Quirke scored a superb try to put Rockwell 13-0 to the good with Johnston unlucky again with the conversion.
However instead of closing out the game Rockwell allowed their opponents too much momentum, particularly at scrum time and started making several unforced errors at the breakdown.
A long range penalty 19 minutes into the second half finally got Munchin’s on the score board after Rockwell were penalised for hands in the ruck. And just six minutes later Munchin’s captain Adam Moloney rounded off a fine drive by the Limerick men with a try under the Rockwell posts to leave outhalf Jason Kiely with the simplest of tasks in adding the extra points.
With the momentum swinging the Limerick men’s way they continued to exert pressure on Rockwell and again and again asked questions of the Rockwell rearguard in the closing stages. With cup rules dictating that a draw meant that the team which scored the first try won Munchin’s went for broke in the closing minutes and came within inches of the Rockwell line on no less than four separate occasions with referee Alan Brace adding on almost ten minutes in injury time, but the Cashel men kept their line intact.
They will now face Christian Brothers College from Cork in the Quarter Final in two weeks time.
Meanwhile the Rockwell Senior team will be in quarter Final action on Wednesday February 20 against Limerick’s Castletroy College at Clanwilliam FC in Tipperary Town at 2.30pm.
Rockwell College : N Campion (Clonmel), B Murray (Fethard), J Tierney (Cashel), J Binchy (Clonmel), C Cashman (Cahir), J Kennedy (Clonmel), D Fehilly (Clonmel), M Wilson (Rosegreen), D Egan (Bahrain), B Johnston (Clonmel), T Brennan (Clonmel), B Ryder (New Zealand), L Molloy (Waterford), C Manton (Fethard), S Quirke (Clonmel). Replacements : S O’Brien (Cahir), J Kendrick (Cahir), C Beary (Cork), M Irwin (Clonmel), L Devereaux (Cahir), K Looby (Cahir), K Moynihan (Cork) and J Stone (Cork).
Referee A Brace (MAR)