SEVEN tries decorated Christians’ awesome display in reaching their second successive Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Musgrave Park.
They warmed to the potential offered by the 3G surface and showcased their many talents to crush the Ardscoil Ris challenge long before the end of a one-sided semi-final.
Everyone was comfortable in possession, from loose-head prop Charlie Rasmussen to the powerful number eight Cian Hurley and right through out a strong running back division that carried a major threat time and again.
Five first-half tries sent Christians on their way as they swept to a commanding 31-12 lead at the interval.
The Cork school took just 90 seconds to claim the opener with Harry O’Riordan crossing and it was 12-0 after only five minutes.
Hurley thundered over from close range with Billy Cain converting and five minutes later Christians swept 19 points in front.
Again more pressure on the Ardscoil line resulted in O’Riordan claiming his second, Cain adding the extras.
The Limerick side responded with a try from number eight Daniel Okeke off a well-worked move from a scrum, 19-5 after 18 minutes.
Back came Christians with their fourth try six minutes later, wing Aaron Leahy scoring out wide.
Credit the Limerick side, however, because they came storming back and scored a second try through prop Alex Long, converted by John Moloney, 24-12.
In injury-time, however, Christians pounced for a fifth try after Ardscoil were penalised in a scrum, five metres from their own line.
Cain cut through the big gap to touch down and also convert.
Despite the worsening weather and Christians starting to empty their bench, they continued to dominate all aspects, forcing Ardscoil to more frantic defence on the change of ends.
Cain kicked a booming penalty on 44 minutes following a high tackle before one of their many substitutes, Dylan McAuliffe, underlined the quality in reserve by claiming the sixth try.
And play-maker Cian Whooley wrapped up the scoring with a fine try on the hour as he jinked inside the defence to run in unopposed and also kick the conversion.
The watching spies from PBC and Bandon Grammar School who meet in the other semi-final will have noted the enormity of the task for whichever side contests the St Patrick’s Day final.
Tries: H O’Riordan (2), B Cain, A Leahy, C Hurley, D McAuliffe, C Whooley B Cain (4), C Whooley B Cain
D Okeke and A Long J Moloney
B Caine; P O'Hara, K Coughlan, H O'Riordan, A Leahy; C Whooley, M O'Connor; C Rasmussen, S Buckley, M Donnelly; A Brien, J Willis; R O'Sullivan, C Hurley, C Walsh.
A O'Brien, O Leahy, P O'Brien, D McAuliffee, R Kelleher, B Kahn, J Moylan, S Kelly.
L O'Keeffe; E Collins, K Dineen, A O'Halloran, J Salmon; J Moloney, I Leonard; A Long, D Dineen, O Czyszczon; W O'Callaghan, J Hourigan; S Clery, D Okeke, J Ward-Murphy.
J White, J Moore, K Danaher, G Power, C O'Reilly, C Moloney, R Desmond, S Fitzgerald.
C Harrington (Munster)