Friday 28 April 2017

Garryowen gear up for students showdown

Cork Con celebrate their fifth consecutive Challenge Cup after a 14-0 win over Young Munster. Photo credit: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Cork Con celebrate their fifth consecutive Challenge Cup after a 14-0 win over Young Munster. Photo credit: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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All roads lead to Tralee on Saturday as UCC Bloodhounds and Garryowen contest the final of the Donal Walsh Trophy.

Last year's edition saw Cork Constitution complete a perfect season with a 21-7 victory against Young Munster, and despite again reaching the semi-final stage this year the Temple Hill side saw their run ended by Garryowen on their own patch, with an impressive 20-6 victory.

That win, or rather the margin of victory, came as quite of a shock, with nothing separating the teams in the regular season table and Con scoring a six-point win in Cork during their only meeting of the year in the competition.

That was one of only three losses for the Limerick side in the round-robin stages, the other two coming against the two UCC sides in the competition - the Beagles and the Bloodhounds.

The Bloodhounds have proven themselves the team to beat thus far, and defeated fourth-placed Bruff in a home semi-final 14-8 having finished top of the table.

The Students have shown excellent form in the competition thus far, and will be relishing the opportunity to pick up a local trophy for UCC, whose seconds top the Southern Division as it approaches the final stages.

Kick off in Tralee is on Sunday at 2.30.

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