Christians junior rugby team hope to follow seniors into schools cup final

Christians junior rugby team hope to follow seniors into schools cup final
Colourful CBC supporters as they defeated Rockwell in the senior semi-final. The juniors are in action on Wednesday. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CHRISTIANS' juniors attempt to emulate the seniors by advancing to the final of the Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Junior Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

They take on old foes Crescent College Comprehensive in the semi-final at Musgrave Park at 2pm.

Their lone cup outing to-date produced a six-try 40-point rout of St Munchin's, who've survived to the last-four, as well, taking on Árdscoil Rís in the other semi-final in Limerick.

Christians showed their intent from the start, when St Munchin's couldn't control the kick-off and the Cork school made them pay as second-row David Novak barged over.

A second try followed within six minutes, full-back Billy Kingston applying the finishing touches to an impressive mood and with scrum-half Jack Casey sniping for a third after 16 minutes, St Munchin's realised it was going to be a long afternoon.

By half-time Christians had increased their advantage to 33-0 after centre Mathew O'Callaghan muscled his way through for the fourth try and hooker and vice-capain Adam Wrona claimed the fifth.

Wing Billy O'Riordad added the sixth on the resumption with out-half Ben Lynch kicking the conversion for his fifth in all.

Christians also topped their group in qualifying, overcoming PBC 10-5, Rockwell College 33-10, Glenstal Abbey 28-10 and Bandon Grammar School 24-10.

This is Crescent's fourth game in the cup, starting with a 15-7 loss to the defending champions, Rockwell College, before guaranteeing themselves at least another game with a 27-12 success against Bandon Grammar School.

That set-up a repeat encounter with the Rock and this time it was Crescent who emerged victorious.

Despite falling 0-7 behind, the Limerick school fought back with first-half tries from right wing Henry Ezomo and flanker Conor Clery with out-half Ciarán Campbell converting for a 12-7 interval lead.

There was just one more score in a second-half dotted with drenching showers, Clery landing a late penalty for 15-7 and a reversal of the score line between the pair from their first encounter.

Crescent have won the junior cup seven times in their history, the most recent coming in 2016, when they overcame today's opponents 17-7 in the final.

And the rivalry between the pair continued the following year as they again contested the decider, which, on this occasion, when the Cork school's way, winning a thriller by 21-19.

It was their third cup in six seasons and Christians also qualified for the 2018 edition, losing to St Munchin's by 15-10.

Christians are chasing a 19th title to move within one of Rockwell in second place in the roll-of-honour, headed up by Pres on 29.

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