Bandon secure first senior semi-final spot
The stakes are rising as the teams for both the Munster Schools Junior and Senior Cups semi-finals are now known.
Last week saw Bandon Grammar securing a first Senior semi berth in their history, defeating St Munchin's College 17-13 at Bandon RFC. Holders Christians, meanwhile, were stunned by a late Maurice Noonan penalty in testing conditions at Irish Independent Park as Ardscoil Rís dumped out the competition favourites 9-7.
Staying in Cork and at Lansdowne PBC secured an all-Rebel semi-final after a comfortable 16-3 defeat of 2016 finalists Crescent College Comprehensive. Glenstal Abbey booked the final place, holding Rockwell scoreless in an 18-0 victory at Clanwilliam.
They will play Ardscoil Rís in Thomond Park on Thursday, March 2 at 2.30, while the day before the Cork derby between Pres and Bandon kicks-off at 2.00pm at Irish Independent Park. Both games will be shown live on eir Sport.
This week saw the Junior sides take centre stage, with Castletroy securing their semi-final place at the expense of St Clements at Garryowen RFC on Tuesday, while Wednesday saw a double-header at Irish Independent Park, where due to unforeseen injury delays PBC v St Munchin's did not recommence after 10 minutes of play.
In the later game there were no serious incidents, as Christians marched into the semi-final with a 30-8 win over Ardscoil Rís, while at Clanwilliam holders Crescent powered their way past Rockwell College 21-5.