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Clontarf can ruin Tierney's send-off

Published 18/04/2015 | 02:30

Cork Constitution coach Tom Tierney will be hoping to leave his post on a high with a win against Clontarf in today’s Bateman Cup final at Temple Hill
Cork Constitution coach Tom Tierney will be hoping to leave his post on a high with a win against Clontarf in today’s Bateman Cup final at Temple Hill

Cork Constitution coach Tom Tierney will be hoping to leave his post on a high with a win against Clontarf in today's Bateman Cup final at Temple Hill, writes Cian Tracey.

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The former Ireland scrum-half will take up a full-time role as Ireland Women's coach and despite Tarf finishing ahead of them in the league, Tierney doesn't expect that to have an impact on proceedings.

"I think form, league positions and previous meetings go out the window," he insisted. "The winners of the final will be the team that turns up with the best attitude on the day."

Con are bidding to become only the second club ever to achieve a Bateman Cup three in-a-row and they will be looking to their experienced scrum-half Gerry Hurley to pull the strings.

Andy Wood's side may have one eye on next week's play-off semi-final but in Matt D'Arcy they have a proven match winner.

Home advantage may count in Con's favour but defending league champions Clontarf should have just about enough to take the Bateman Cup back to Dublin.

Verdict: Clontarf

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