Sport Rugby

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Corcoran holds nerve to keep Rice in hunt for historic success

Rice College set up the chance of becoming the first ever side from Mayo to capture this title when they edged out St Joseph's at Newcastle yesterday.

A penalty from Dwayne Corcoran 10 minutes from time sent the Westport school into their first final, in which they will meet holders Calasanctius College from Oranmore on Wednesday.

The Mayo school got off to the perfect start after three minutes when fly-half Sean Tobin went over in the left corner after great work from Rory Ludden and Keelan Dever carved the opening. Corcor-an converted to hand Rice a 7-0 lead.

A Ciaran Gaffney penalty brought 'The Bish' back into contention to leave it 7-3 at the interval after referee Joe Doyne penalised Rice for hands in the ruck.

Joseph's hit back seconds after restart with a wonderful individual try from Brandon Nestor which saw him leave defenders trailing in his wake. But Corcoran's pressure kick proved the key score as Rice booked their place in the decider at the Sportsground.

Rice College -- K Dever; R Ludden, B Mullan, D Corcoran, R Keating; S Tobin, D Carpenter; T Geraghty, R Feehan, C Groden, M O'Grady, M Sammon, A McAleer, M Brady, C McNally.

St Joseph's -- P Kitt; N Grogan (M Nulty 63), B Nestor, C Evans, D Moylan; C Gaffney, C Moran; M Duffy, C Gavin, E Olivier (E O'Brien 46), A Broderick, B Brophy, L Brennan (C Connelly 55), R Kerrigan, C Joyce.

Ref -- J Doyne (CBIRFU).

Irish Independent

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