PBC through to senior rugby cup final

PBC through to senior rugby cup final
Ben Comiskey, PBC, breaks through the St Munchin's defence during their Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final at Musgrave Park.

PBC 33

St Munchin's 10

PRES ensured an all-Cork Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Senior Cup final for the second consecutive year following a deserved win over a young St Munchin's side at Musgrave Park yesterday.

They now the holders CBC in a repeat of last season's decider, won by Christians by 5-3.

Despite dominating possession and territory in the opening quarter, Pres found themselves trailing 10-0 after just a couple of excursions by their opponents.

St Munchin's took the lead after 15 minutes with a penalty from Alex Wood after Pres were whistled up for not rolling away in a tackle.

And it got better for the Limerick side, five minutes later, when a loose Pres pass in midfield bounced kindly for Wood to race away from 35 metres and touch down under the posts.

The out-half duly converted and an upset appeared to be looming only for Pres to respond almost immediately.

They ignored a shot at the posts from a penalty and instead went for the Dolphin corner and it proved a wise call as Alex Kendellen barged over, 10-5.

Five minutes later Pres edged in front with a try from second-row Sam O'Sullivan, who ignored a colleague's plea for the ball, to crash over himself.

Alex Walsh struck a fine conversion and all was well with the world again for Pres, who, still had to defend frantically in first-half stoppage time.

St Munchin's also turned down a potential three-pointer as scrum-half Donnacha O'Callaghan went for glory only to be just held.

And it needed a strong tackle by wing James Keohane to prevent Conor O'Shaughnessy from scoring in the corner in the closing play of the half.

Pres took only two minutes on the resumption to increase their advantage as Kendellen's power yielded his second and his side's third try.

The move started in their own half as Daniel Hurley gathered a Wood kick to storm down the right to turn defence into attack.

From a promising situation deep in the St Munchin's 22 Pres showed enough composure to eventually crack the Limerick side's resistance. Walsh converted for 19-10.

Pres lost John Forde to a yellow card, but St Munchin's couldn't capitalise, frustrated once more by Kendellen's huge influence, this time in front of his own posts.

And then Pres clinched victory with a brilliant individual effort from Hurley on the hour followed by a similar try from Keohane, both converted by Walsh.

Scorers for PBC: Tries: A Kendellen (2), S O'Sullivan, D Hurley, J Keohane and Cons: A Walsh (4).

Scorers for St Munchin's: Try: A Wood; Con: A Wood and Pen: A Wood.

TEAMS: PBC: P Campbell; J Keohane, D French, D Squires, D Hurley; B Kiernan, A Walsh; B Kingston, B Comiskey, D McSweeney; S O’Sullivan, D O’Halloran; J Kelleher, J Forde, A Kendellen. 

Subs: R McAulliffe, C O’Connor, J McCarthy, T Gough, M Deane, L Ormond, P Hyland, S McLoughlin, J O’Brien, B Forde.

ST MUNCHIN'S: D McDermott; C O'Shaughnessy, S McCarthy Burbage, D Long, J O'Brien; A Wood, D O'Callaghan; K Ryan, J Devanny, C Finn; G Kirwan, L McCormack; J Clohessy, E Hickey, L Neilan. 

Subs: G Harrington, N Walsh, S Hayes, J Kelly, K Sheehy, S Nestor, K Tracey, C O’Brien Comerford, J Costello, J Egan.

Referee: R Horgan (MAR).

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