12 Dec, 17:21
Munster Rugby recently held a Clare Schools U16 blitz at Ennis in Lees Road, Co. Clare.
They took the lead with a try from skipper Ben Riley after winger Shane Lanigan Ryan intercepted and got the Rockwell back line moving. Wing forward Tommy Anglim converted from a difficult angle.
Pres’ began to get a grip of the game with excellent work by Eddie Ryan out of touch and Michael Fitzgibbon was prominent around the fringes.
Pres’ left winger Seafra Guilfoyle pulled off a try-saving tackle entering the second quarter after the home side spread the ball out to right winger Alan McMahon, following a scrum on the visitors’ Twenty-Two. Second row John Power won the resulting five-meter lineout for the home side and set up left winger Shane Lanigan-Ryan for a try in the opposite corner.
Rockwell extended their advantage to 15-0 with a penalty by Anglim.
Good work by wing forward Andrew Ring resulted in out half David O’Sullivan slotting over a penalty for Pres’ on the stroke of half time.
Rockwell increased their advantage six minutes into the second half when Willie Coffey barged over in the corner following a ruck deep inside the visitors’ Twenty-Two.
Pres’ refused to give up without struggle as they had Rockwell pinned back entering the final quarter and Fitzgibbon was credited with a pushover try from a maul following a five-meter lineout, fifteen minutes from time.
The visitors tried desperately to earn a losing bonus point and right winger Conor Barrett was deemed to have stepped into touch short of the line.
Scorers: Rockwell College: Ben Riley, Shane Lanigan-Ryan & Willie Coffey tries, Tommy Anglim penalty & conversion.
P.B.C: Michael Fitzgibbon try, David O’Sullivan penalty.
Rockwell College: Colm O’Shaughnessy; Alan McMahon, Willie Coffey, Rory Horgan, Shane Lanigan Ryan; Elliot Stone, Ben Riley; David O’Dwyer, Jack Bolger, Darragh Kenneally; John Power, Sam O’Connell; Sean O’Connor, Tommy Anglim, Ian O’Reilly.
Replacements: Harry Gilbert, Michael Flanagan, Jack Tierney, Chris Casey, Callum Finlay, Adam Cunningham, Felix Wrixell.
P.B.C: Robin Reidy; Conor Barrett, Jerry Clifford, Shane Daly, Seafra Guilfoyle; David O’Sullivan, Charlie Nolan; Joe Ring, Gearoid O’Mahony, Jake O’Donovan; Eddie Ryan, David Fitzgerald; Andrew Ring, Emmett McCarthy, Michael Fitzgibbon.
Replacements; Tim Clifford, William Buckley, Brian Clifford, Patrick Horgan, Darragh Dennehy, Conor Gallagher, Conor Murphy, Robert Coffey.
Referee: David Sheehan (M.A.R.)
St Munchin’s collected their second victory with a 23-18 home win over Ard Scoil Ris. Peter Meyer scored two tries, two penalties and a conversion for the winners and Nathan Nugent also scored a try.
In the McCarthy Cup Pres defeated Rockwell 29-7. Michael St. Ledger scored three tries for the winners and Jack O’Shea and Cian Fitzgerald got one apiece. Peter Sylvester kicked two conversions. Conor Cashman replied with a try for Rockwell which Padraic Feehan converted.
Bowen Shield: Rockwell College 20, P.B.C. 8; St. Munchin's 23, Ard Scoil Ris 18;
McCarthy Cup: Rockwell College 7, P.B.C. 29;