Derbies add spice to schools fixtures
Cork and Limerick will be divided next week as both the Clayton Hotels Senior and Junior Cup semi-finals see local derbies after a fascinating few weeks of action reach their penultimate stage.
This year's Senior Cup brings a new face to the fray as Bandon Grammar take their place in the final four for the first time in the club's history after a memorable 17-13 victory over St Munchin's at Bandon RFC.
Sean Hudson scored 12 points, including converting his own first-half try, though Munchin's scored a late try through Shane Kelly.
Facing the West Cork side in the country v city clash will be Presentation Brothers College looking to capture their first Senior Cup crown since 2010, when a certain Niall Scannell was co-captain.
Pres have been going well in the competition, and are tipped by some to lift the trophy on St Patrick's Day.
The shock of the quarter-finals saw holders Christian Brothers College dumped out in dramatic circumstances by Ardscoil Rís at Irish Independent Park.
Their victory earned the City side an all-Limerick showdown with Glenstal Abbey after they expended little energy in dispatching Tipperary's Rockwell College on a scoreline of 18-0.
In the Munster Schools Junior Cup, old rivals Christians and Pres have set up a second Leeside showdown.
Both had reasonably comfortable wins in the quarter-finals, with CBC avenging the Senior defeat with a 30-8 victory over Ardscoil Rís, while Pres overcame St Munchin's in the refixed quarter-final 19-5.
Christians scored four tries on their way to victory with Cian Whooley, Leo Daly, Conor Lavin and Robbie Shallow all crossing the line; Killian Dineen got the try for the visitors.
Pres had more of a battle to overcome St Munchin's. After unprecedented injury circumstances the week before, the decision was made to replay the match at Irish Independent Park last week, and despite Munchin's getting the better of the first-half play, it would be the Cork side to open the scoring, Michael Hand crossing for a converted try.
Pres doubled their lead in double-quick time with Joe O'Leary crossing, and despite Munchin's getting one back through Conor O'Shaughnessy, Richie Foley stole a late visiting lineout and crashed over to put the result beyond doubt.
Crescent ensured a berth in the penultimate stage with a professional 21-5 victory over Rockwell at Clanwilliam Park, Jack Delaney, Gary Kelly and Seamus Hurley crossing for the Limerick outfit. They will face neighbours Castletroy in the semis to round up the derby round, after their 17-7 victory over St Clement's.
Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Semi-Final Draw
Crescent College Comprehensive v Castletroy College, Tuesday, March 7, Thomond Park, 2pm.
Presentation Brothers College v Christian Brothers College, Wednesday, March 8, Irish Independent Park, 2pm.
Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final Draw
PBC v Bandon Grammar, Wednesday, March 1, Irish Independent Park, 2pm (Live on eir Sport)
Ardscoil Rís v Glenstal, Thursday, March 2, Thomond Park, 2.30pm (Live on eir Sport)
(The finals of both Senior and Junior competitions will be held in Thomond Park on St Patrick's Day)
Ticket Prices -Semi-final: €8 Adult, €5 Juvenile (Gate), €4 (Schools). Final: €10 Adult, €5 Juvenile (No School Rate)