Sunday 23 April 2017

Thrills guaranteed as CBC and Crescent clash in decider

CBC captain Daire Feeney controls a maul
CBC captain Daire Feeney controls a maul
Crescent’s Daniel Hurley celebrates his try with Billy O’Hora during the semi final win over Castletroy
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The 107th Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup final will take place on Sunday week at Irish Independent Park, in a much anticipated meeting between Christian Brothers College and Crescent College Comprehensive.

The decider will be the first year a Cork and Limerick school go head to head since Castletroy's win over CBC in 2008 and promises to be a finale not to be missed.

The sides will go head to head for the second time in this year's campaign having previously met in the opening round at Thomond Park, which saw the Cork side win 17-5.

Back door

Crescent CC reached the final through the back door system beating Glenstal Abbey, Rockwell and Castletroy College along the way.

Interestingly CBC and Crescent are the only two schools that have won the cup through the back door system since it was first introduced in 2009.

CBC were the first winners of the trophy in 1909 and share the honours of most Cup wins with their local rivals PBC with 28 apiece.

CBC and PBC played out a gripping semi-final at Irish Independent Park, with the Sidney Hill side claiming a one-point win.

CBC's last appearance in the Munster final was against Rockwell in 2009 when they won the cup under the captaincy of Brian Hayes; they are the only Munster school to have won four titles in a row, a feat they have achieved on two occasions from 1971-74 and 1997-2000.

Crescent College have 11 titles to their credit with two doubles claimed: in 1989 and 1990 and in 2013 and 2014.

This season, led by Munster and Ireland U-18 Schools centre Calvin Nash, the Dooradoyle side quickly bounced back in style since their mid-January opening defeat to Sunday's opponents and with such a distinguished prize within their grasp, revenge may play its part as motivation and it should prove to be an even more intense battle than the last time out.

Like all Munster Schools Senior Cup finals, it promises to be an occasion not to be missed and with two very talented and attack-orientated sides competing, a spectacular showcase of rugby is guaranteed.

CBC Path To The Final

Round 1: Crescent CC 5, CBC 17, Thomond Park

Quarter-final: Ardscoil Rís 15, CBC 28, 4G Pitch University of Limerick

Semi-final: CBC 13, PBC 12, Irish Independent Park

Crescent Path To The Final

Round 1: Crescent CC 5 CBC 17, Thomond Park Stadium

Round 2: Crescent CC 39 Glenstal Abbey 17 (Back door) 4G UL

Quarter-final: Rockwell College 5, Crescent CC 17, Clanwilliam Park

Semi-final: Crescent CC 33, Castletroy College 12, Thomond Park

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