PBC strike for five tries in winning start
PBC 25 Castletroy College 8
Holders PBC enjoyed a winning start to their campaign, prevailing in the wind at Muskerry RFC.
The Cork school led from start to finish and got stronger as the second half went on, but not before being asked questions by Castletroy.
Leading 10-3 at half-time after playing into the stiff wind, PBC found that lead whittled down to just two points when Eoin Murphy knifed through for a Castletroy try after a scrum.
Unfortunately for the Limerick school, they couldn't draw level with the conversion - the game had six tries, but none of them had conversions added - and PBC had a strong response as Jonathan Wren got in for a third try and a lead of 15-8.
Wren's centre partner Seán French saw his conversion hit the top of the post and go wide, but not long after that French got in for his second and PBC's fourth try after a kick and chase, before hooker Jack Scannell completed the scoring late on.
It was French who had opened the scoring, giving a glimpse of his devastating pace with a drive from deep and a chip over the cover, after Castletroy had exerted the early pressure.
With the wind at their backs, the Limerick school tried to respond but found their efforts frustrated. Alex Kendellen made it 10-0 to PBC before Sam Burns had a Castletroy penalty before half-time.
That lead was further eroded when Murphy got his try, but PBC responded well.
PBC - L Bruce; N Murphy, S French, J Wren (J O'Shaughnessy 58), S O'Donovan; J Broderick, D Harrington; T Ormond, B Scannell, D McCarthy, D O'Callaghan, E Burns, A Kendellen, D Hyland, M Fitzgibbon.
Castletroy College - S Madden; J Aylward (K McGuire 46), E Murphy, J Johnston, C Fitzgerald; S Burns, M O'Hanrahan; R Keavney, K O'Shea, A Myers (R Magill 11), G Burke, J Moloney, C Toland, C White, C Bermingham.
Ref - C Harrington (MAR)
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