Keith Wood's son breaks CBC hearts in Junior Cup final while Declan Kidney linked to London Irish job

Keith Wood's son breaks CBC hearts in Junior Cup final while Declan Kidney linked to London Irish job
Declan Kidney at the helm with Munster. Picture: INPHO/Andrew Paton

THE son of an Irish rugby legend broke CBC hearts in an exciting Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Junior Cup final at Thomond Park yesterday.

St Munchin’s out-half, Alexander Wood, whose father, Keith, captained Ireland and the Lions, scored a memorable try in the Limerick school’s 15-10 victory.

Wood crossing the line against CBC.
Wood crossing the line against CBC.

He broke through five tackles in a jinking 45-metre run, just a couple of minutes into the second-half, to touch down at the posts to help St Munchin’s end a 20-year gap since their last triumph.

Defending champions, Christians, who were bidding for their 19th title, fought back with the second of full-back George Coomber’s tries, 10 minutes from the finish, but St Munchin’s held on.

“We’re very disappointed because we, probably, didn’t play to our potential, though the better team won and St Munchin’s deserved their win,” said Christians coach, Conor Quaid.

The Cork school had an issue with the how the scrum was handled by referee Ken Imbusch.

“We conceded a lot of free kicks on a technicality which I thought was a bit harsh on young fellows.

“It was a surprise to us because it hadn’t been an issue all season. I thought he might have let the game go a bit.

“Still, the bottom line is that St Munchin’s deserved their win and good luck to them,” Quaid commented.

Christians were hoping for better fortune in the senior cup semi-final against the holders, PBC, at Musgrave Park, later this afternoon.

Meanwhile, two former coaches in Irish rugby, Declan Kidney and Les Kiss, are set for a return to management this week.

The pair are lined up to take over English Premiership basement side London Irish.

Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Kidney has not worked in a head position since 2013 but the Leesider has been involved at UCC as a director of sport. Kidney was previously mooted for the London Irish gig back in 2014.

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