State of Play | Munster Schools Senior & Junior Cups
1st February 2024 By The Editor
January was a busy month with schools rugby taking place throughout the province at various levels.
Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup
There are just six teams remaining in the Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup with two quarter-final clashes set to take place on Thursday 8th February in Thomond Park.
St Munchin’s College will take on Bandon Grammar School after the Limerick school lost 15-5 to CBC in the semi-final qualifier while Bandon Grammar School got the better of Ardscoil Rís 23-17 to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the other quarter-final tie, Crescent College Comprehensive will meet Rockwell College. Crescent lost 14-3 to PBC in Virgin Media Park in the other semi-final qualifier while Rockwell got the better of Glenstal Abbey 18-15 in a thriller at the Cork venue.
Both CBC and PBC have advanced directly to the semi-finals.
Pinergy Munster Schools Girls Senior Cup
Three games have taken place so far in the Pinergy Munster Schools Girls Senior Cup with defending champions St Anne’s Community College advancing to the semi-finals after defeating competition debutants Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí 43-10 in their quarter-final.
St Anne’s will meet Sacred Heart Clonakilty in the semi-finals.
In the other quarter-final Coláiste Muire Ennis beat Bandon Grammar School 26-5 to set up a semi-final meeting with Intermediate School Killorglin who secured their progression thanks to a 40-17 win over last season’s finalists Ardscoil Mhuire.
Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup
In the Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup, Glenstal Abbey and Crescent College Comprehensive advanced to the second round thanks to wins over High Schools CBS Clonmel and Rockwell College, respectively.
However, Crescent’s attempt to advance to the quarter-finals was cut short by St Munchin’s College. St Munchin’s won out 34-18 in Thomond Park on Wednesday.
St Munchin’s will meet Bandon Grammar School who fell to a narrow 14-12 defeat to CBC in a semi-final qualifier at Virgin Media Park on Wednesday.
In the other Round 2 clash, Ardscoil Rís beat Glenstal Abbey 24-7 in Thomond Park to progress to the quarter-finals where they will meet Casteltroy College who suffered a 50-13 defeat to PBC at Virgin Media Park on Thursday. PBC’s victory means that they advance directly to the semi-finals.
Munster Schools Girls Junior Cup
The semi-finals matchups have now been confirmed for the Munster Schools Girls Junior Cup.
Last year’s winners St Anne’s Community College Killaloe will meet Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí. The West Cork School beat Bandon Grammar School 20-19 in a nail-biter to reach the last four while St Anne’s received a walkover in their quarter-final.
The other semi-final will see Sacred Heart Clonakilty take on Ardscoil Mhuire for a place in the final. Ardscoil Mhuire beat Coláiste na Sceilge 34-17 to reach this stage while Sacred Heart Clonakilty beat St Mary’s Nenagh 30-0 to set up their meeting with Ardscoil Mhuire.
Upcoming Schools Fixtures
Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup Quarter-Finals
Thursday 8th February
St Munchin’s v Bandon Grammar School – Thomond Park – 1pm
Crescent College Comprehensive v Rockwell College – Thomond Park – 3.30pm
Details for the remaining fixtures in the Munster Schools Girls Senior & Junior Cups and the Boys Junior Cup will be confirmed shortly.