Club notes: Cork Con' defeat Highfield to reach Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final
Cork Constitution booked their place in this season's final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup after a 22-16 win over Highfield in a thrilling semi-final at Temple Hill last Friday night.
They will now play against Garryowen on Saturday, January 5, at Thomond Park.
Highfield had gone ahead with a try from Eddie Earle converted by Shane O'Riordan after 13 minutes.
Despite being on the back foot, Con' worked the ball upfield and a try in the corner by Liam O'Connell after 25 minutes opened their account.
O'Riordan added two penalties to leave Highfield 13-5 ahead at the interval.
A third penalty from O'Riordan extended Highfield's advantage eight minutes into the second-half. Constant pressure by the Con' pack was rewarded with a penalty try on 56 minutes. Aidan Moynihan kicked a penalty on 67 minutes for Con' and four minutes from time Conor Kindregan barged over for Con's third try, which Moynihan converted.
The Ireland U18 Clubs side ran out 31-12 winners over the Italy Academy U18s on the all-weather pitch at the La Ghirada centre in Treviso earlier this month.
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A total of four Munster players were involved in the match with Waterpark's Jay Traynor starting in the second-row, Cobh Pirates' Darragh McCarthy coming on at tight-head, Nenagh's Dylan Murphy scoring the fifth try off the bench and Ennis' Ethan Coughlan featuring at scrum-half.
IQ Rugby out-half Cooke converted first half tries from Josh O'Connor, Eoin de Buitléar and Jamie Osborne as the Ireland youngsters, coached this season by Fiach O'Loughlin and Jonny Graham, established a 21-7 half-time lead over Italy. The hosts cut the gap to nine points with their second try, but there was no catching O'Loughlin's charges as O'Connor completed his brace out wide and a powerful lineout maul saw Nenagh's Murphy crossing in the 67th minute.
Girls X7s success for Rockwell College
A total of five senior and two junior teams from schools across Munster recently attended the IRFU Girls X7s National Finals at Energia Park.
Rockwell College seniors contested the Senior Plate Final while their junior team managed to make it to through to the Cup final.
Both teams defeated strong competition from Enniskillen Royal Grammar in the senior final and Gorey Community School in the junior final respectively.
St Anne's Community College went through to the Junior Plate final and were edged out after Erne Integrated College from Ulster scored a winning try in the last play of the game.