Wednesday 18 July 2018

Con face huge Lansdowne test

Reigning Division 1A champions Cork Con will get a chance at redemption after their Bateman Cup defeat to Lansdowne when the sides meet in the league final this Sunday at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stock Image
Reigning Division 1A champions Cork Con will get a chance at redemption after their Bateman Cup defeat to Lansdowne when the sides meet in the league final this Sunday at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stock Image

Daragh Small

Reigning Division 1A champions Cork Con will get a chance at redemption after their Bateman Cup defeat to Lansdowne when the sides meet in the league final this Sunday at the Aviva Stadium.

Cork Con face the two-time winners, who last claimed the title with victory over Clontarf in 2015. Tomás Quinlan was the star for Cork Con when they won 25-21 against Clontarf in last year's final. But when they met Lansdowne most recently, it finished in a resounding 32-12 win for the visitors to Temple Hill.

Liam O'Connell and Darren O'Shea touched down for Cork Con, but Lansdowne claimed the honours in their Bateman Cup decider.

Lansdowne also dominated the league, and with 16 wins and just two defeats, they finished ten points clear of closest rivals Terenure College, with Cork Con in third.

Last weekend Con booked their place in the final thanks to a brilliant 22-15 win over Terenure College at Lakelands. Evan Mintern scored the crucial try with Quinlan adding 17 points from the kicking tee.

Elsewhere, despite a try from Liam Cronin, Garryowen were on the wrong side of a 36-19 result, against Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium in the other Division 1A semi-final.

But there will be a fifth Munster team in the top tier next season after UCC secured promotion following a 15-10 win over Banbridge at Rifle Park last weekend. However, Nenagh Ormond missed their chance to join the ranks in 1B after a 33-23 loss at City of Armagh.

And Bruff host Bandon in a big Munster derby at Kilballyowen Park tomorrow as both sides aim for 2C status next season.

Irish Independent

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