Rockwell College ended Castletroy College's hopes of retaining their SEAT Munster Schools Junior Cup title at windswept Clanwilliam Park with a deserved victory.
Rockwell played with the elements in the opening half and should have been more then 10-0 ahead at half time if they had taken their scoring chances.
Out half Paudie Feehan broke the deadlock with a try after thirteen minutes which he also converted and he extended his side's lead with a penalty four minutes before the break.
Rockwell were on the back foot for the entire second half seldom crossing the halfway line but great defending kept the champions at bay until three minutes before the end when Muiris Rowsome scored a try for Castletroy and Rory Hannon converted.
For the remaining few minutes Castletroy did everything to score a second try as Rockwell held the advantage by scoring the first try, but a gallant defence was not to be breeched again as the Tipperary side booked their place in the last four.
Rockwell College: Joey Noonan; Gary Kavanagh, Jamie Stone, Paudie Leamy, Loic Gately; Paudie Feehan, Oisin Mangan; Michael Kennedy, Diarmuid Barron, Kevin Kelly; Bill O'Brien, Mark Collins; David Shaw, Andrew Phelan, Conor Cashman. Replacements: Coman Ryan, Ben Halpin, Cole Ryder, Michael Murphy, Brian Fitzpatrick, Hugh McCann, Jake Flannery, Aerton Griffin.
Castletroy College: Darragh Gibbons; Brian Nash, Eoghan Carew, Shane Mullins, Muiris Rowsome; Rory Hannon, Shane Morgan; Bryan Sheehan, Matthew Hartigan, Mark Bromell; Daniel O'Brien Christie, Sean Fitzpatrick; Sean English, Aaron Kennedy, Darragh O'Neill.
Replacements: Adam Myers, Barry Coughlan, Luca Ridder, Jack English, Barry Richardson, Jack Minihan, Niall Lougham, Dara Neville. Referee: C Harrington (MAR).
Rockwell College will face Cork side PBC on Wednesday 12th, March (kick-off 3pm) at Clanwilliam Park in the semi final while fellow qualifers Glenstal Abbey School take on Crescent College Comprehensive on Thursday, 13th March (venue TBC).
SEAT Munster Schools Junior Cup Semi Final Fixtures
Wed, 12th March, Rockwell College v PBC, Clanwilliam Park, kick-off 3pm
Thurs, 13th March, Glenstal Abbey School v Crescent College Comprehensive, venue TBC