O'Donovan leads PBC charge
Munster schools senior cup: PBC 67 Ardscoil Rís 7
Reigning champions Presentation Brothers College Cork are into the semi-finals of the Munster Schools Senior Cup after a comprehensive win over Limerick's Ardscoil Rís at Irish Independent Park.
The opening quarter of an hour was absolutely relentless stuff from PBC. Mark McCarthy got their opening try after some great work from Sean French in the build-up. Pres got their second try less than 90 seconds later, as Sam O'Donovan got on the end of a cross-field kick.
The Cork side were 19-0 up after just 11 minutes, when Mark McLoughlin went over.
Then just a minute later, Darragh O'Callaghan went over for yet another PBC before O'Donovan got his second as PBC led 33-0 at the break.
Sean French went over shortly after the re-start for a try of his own, before O'Donovan went over for his third try of proceedings shortly after.
Louis Bruce charged his way past a tired Ardscoil defence for a try, before Eoin Burns, David Hyland and also dotted down. There was consolation for Ardscoil in Cian Murphy's try.
PBC - L Bruce; M McLoughlin, S French, J Wren, S O'Donovan; J Broderick, D Harrington; T Ormond, B Scannell, D McCarthy, M McCarthy, E Quilter, A Kendellan, D O'Callaghan, D Hyland. Reps: D Murphy, A Keating, R Duggan, E Burns, M Fitzgibbon, J O'Shaughnessy, N Murphy, S Horgan, J Forde, R Foley.
Ardscoil Rís - C O'Rahilly; C Murphy, K Dineen, G Clancy, L O'Shanahan; D O'Gorman, I Leonard; M Gaule, R Tucker, F Lyons, B Noonan, W O'Callaghan, M O'Callaghan, S Hanley, J Ward Murphy. Reps: S Clery, O Czyszczon, K Danaher, J Hourigan, J Taylor, J Hardaker, D O'Byrne, A McNamara, C Maloney, A O'Halloran.
Ref - R Horgan
O'Connor hat-trick fires Christians
CBC 58 St Clement's 17
Adam O'Connor's hat-trick was the highlight as seven second-half tries secured an impressive victory for Christians.
The sides swapped penalties before winger O'Connor burst through several tackles after Eoin Monahan's skip pass to finish smartly, Robert Hedderman converting with aplomb.
The Limerick outfit weren't going to capitulate, however, and minutes later Adam Marshall bore a hole through the home defence to finish under the posts.
Tommy Crowe's side continued to be frustrated as the penalty count rose, but a break down the left flank allowed Hedderman to profit from quick hands to get Christians' second try.
Further distance was put between the sides after that as prop Robert Loftus went over. Hedderman then touched down again and O'Connor got his second as CBC flexed their muscles. Shane Broshahan crossed for Clement's second try before Scott Buckley got CBC's ninth.
CBC - R Hedderman; J O'Hea (S Buckley 35), E Barrett (D O'Connor 67), T Downes (H O'Riordan 53), A O'Connor (M Bowen 62); E Monahan, J O'Riordan (L Khan 49); B Roche (C Rasmussen 49), R Barry (F Burke 55), J Willis, C Hurley, A Ryan, L Masters, D Good, R Loftus (H Fitzgerald 57).
St Clement's - Alex Kiely; Adam Kiely, A Marshall, J Bateman, C O'Brien (M Kiely 44); E Barrett, E Griffin (J Neville 68); S Broshahan, S Duggan (A Fitzgerald 60), C Heelan, D Bridgeman, A Lloyd, A Stacey, A Ahern, C Byrne.
Ref - C Harrington (MRU)
Duggan seals deal for Crescent
Crescent 27 Rockwell 20
Crescent College's bid to win a 12th Munster Schools Senior Cup is still on track after they saw off Rockwell College at Rosbrien in yesterday's quarter-final.
Daniel Feasey crossed twice for the Limerick school, while Conor Fitzgerald, Conor Phillips and Timmy Duggan also got on the scoresheet.
Conall Kennedy and Tom Russell replied for Rockwell, with Jake Flannery adding 10 points from the kicking tee.
Crescent struck first through Fitzgerald, the prop showing serious speed to score.
Crescent doubled their advantage when Jack Delaney kicked wide for Feasey, and he held off a tackle before touching down. But a strong finish to the half saw Rockwell get back on level terms thanks to Kennedy's converted effort.
An outstanding individual score from Phillips early in the second period put Crescent back in front though, 15-10.
Feasey's second try then put Crescent in firm control, but a second Flannery penalty and Russell's late try gave Rockwell hope. However, Duggan's late effort sealed it for Crescent.
CRESCENT COLLEGE - C Phillips; T Duggan, J Hoffman, J Hurley, C Tuohy; J Delaney, A Cosgrave; C Fitzgerald, R Reynolds, B Leahy; P King, C McDonagh; J Madden, D Feasy, F Coleman. Reps: J Flannery for Cosgrave (2), J Fitzgerald for Reynolds (68), B Scott for Feasey (72), S Faloon for Tuohy (73).
ROCKWELL COLLEGE - R O'Sullivan; C Pearson, J Hunt, A Daly, D Flannery; J Flannery, O Mangan; D Molloy, J O'Meara, B Ryan; N Hanrahan, R Browne; C Kennedy, S Grogan, C Ryan. Reps: S Cotter for R O'Sullivan (22), H Tobin for Grogan (30), J O'Sullivan for Mangan (50), C Hayes for O'Hanrahan (50), T Russell for Ryan (76).
Ref - K Barry (MAR)