Senior Cup Final Preview: CBC V Crescent

The Munster Schools Senior Rugby Cup final between Christian Brothers College Cork and Crescent Comprehensive College will take place in IIP tomorrow at 2pm

Christians  

The two sides met in the first round of the competition in January and it was CBC who ran out comfortable victors with a 17-5 scoreline after putting in a strong second half performance in which Christians star man Alex McHenry play a vital role. On that day the CBC pack caused too much damage mauling their way up the pitch before the ball was passed wide to allow McHenry to score twice

Crescent

However, in the two months since that game Crescent have shown that they have what it takes to unlock strong teams scoring 5 second half tries with out reply against Castletroy to book their place in the final and there is no doubt their star studded backline will cause problems for CBC on Sunday. There has been lots of talk about key players such Calvin Nash , Daniel Hurley and Billy O’Hora and their ability to find gaps in teams defences which Christians will have to watch out for on the day. The issue is that, first and foremost forward ball must be secured.

Up front CBC will most likely dominate the game though big ball carries such as captain Daire Feeney and hooker Gordon Good. Crescent however will also need to be wary of the likewise well rounded CBC backs who can string together some beautiful play to take teams off guard – Alex McHenry and Liam Coombes the target men.

Verdict: CBCs squad depth will be the key factor in the game with big hitters such as Peter Keller and Shane Bushe posing a real threat off the bench. CBC to take it by 5.

By Tom McGrath 

 

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