'Tarf fuelled by pain of last year's final defeat
If last year's Ulster Bank League final is anything to go by, then tomorrow's decider between Clontarf and Cork Con at the Aviva Stadium (2.30) promises to be another cracker.
'Tarf may have finished top of the table at the end of the regular season but they are still hurting after last year's final heartbreak.
Con, on the other hand, are flying and come into the game high on confidence after they won the Bateman Cup last weekend.
Two of the country's most promising out-halves, Joey Carbery and Tomas Quinlan, will go head to head in a mouthwatering clash. Both youngsters have had excellent seasons and will be expecting to push on in the Leinster and Munster set-ups, respectively, next season.
There was little to separate the sides when they met in the regular season, with the away team coming out on top on each occasion.
"Certainly we can bank the experience that we've gained throughout the league over the course of the year; the good and the bad," said 'Tarf coach Andy Wood.
"We're respectful of Con and what they have to bring."
Having not played last week, Clontarf's freshness will play a major role in where the cup ends up. The Dubliners lost just three league games and fuelled by the pain of last year, it would take a huge Con effort to make that four.
Clontarf (provisional) - E Ryan; M Brown, C O'Brien, M D'Arcy, M McGrath; J Carbery, S Cronin; I Soroka, B Byrne, I Hirst; T Byrne, B Reilly (capt); M Noone, K Moran, T Ryan. Reps: A Dundon, N Reilly, V Abdaladze, P du Toit, D Joyce, R McGrath, E Browne.
Cork Constitution (provisional) - D Sweetnam; A Spring, N Hodson, N Kenneally, R Jermyn; T Quinlan, R Foley; G Duffy, M Abbott, G Sweeney; C Kindregan, B Hayes; G Lawler, J Murphy, J Ryan (capt). Reps: R Burke, L O'Connor, C O'Flaherty, S Dwyer, J Poland, S Daly, D Lyons, L O'Connell.
REF - A Brace (IRFU)