Rockwell College’s Shane Neville, Miguel Gomez, Lorenzo Grebe and Lorcan Cummins with the Munster under 15 Development Cup.
Tipperary’s Rockwell College overcame St Munchin's College (Limerick) in the Munster under 15 Development A Schools final.
Rockwell found themselves back in the final of the prestigious competition by virtue of the fact the Christian Brothers College (Cork) were thrown out, having used a player deemed ineligible in the semi-final.
Rockwell played some excellent rugby against Christians in the semi-final, where their expansive play was a pleasure to watch, and they duly upped their game against St Munchin's in the final.
The 29-12 scoreline in favour of Rockwell scoreline doesn’t reflect the close nature of the game, with Rockwell capitalising on a blistering start against this year’s Munster Junior Cup holders.
Five minutes into the game and from a St Munchin's knock on, Rockwell captain Shane Neville was given the ball following some excellent back play. He danced through two defenders to touch down in the corner. Conor Hogan narrowly missed the conversion.
Five minutes later Rockwell moved the ball from their own back line with Ben Farrelly making the break and offloading to Peter McGarry, which allowed him to score in the same spot. This time Conor Hogan added the extras from a very difficult position.
The Rockwell pack dominated the first half and laid the platform for Tom Downey to marshal his backline to good effect. Up front, Tarcisio Chandra and Henry Buttimer were making some great tackles.
Rockwell were rampant and 12 minutes before halftime Peter McGarry scored his second try. At 17-0 Rockwell took their foot off the pedal a little, allowing St Munchin's to lay siege to their line and from a block down kick they went over for a converted try.
Good tackling by the Rockwell pack near the halfway line saw them turn over possession, which they moved through their backline to allow Peter McGarry go over for his hat trick.
The half time score was 22-5 in Rockwell’s favour, a lead largely due to some excellent team work and terrific tackling by Eddie Dunphy and James Cronin.
St Munchin's turned around with a strong wind in the second half which they used to their advantage. Within five minutes, they were camped on the Rockwell line and after a number of phases finally went over for a converted try.
St Munchin's were now on the front foot and Rockwell had to stem many an assault. Following a lovely turn over by the pack, Tom Ross put through a nice box kick from his own 22. This was brilliantly caught by Shane Neville, who weaved his way through two tackles to score under the posts. The try was again converted by Conor Hogan.
Excellent work rate and defensive tackles by Niall Maher, Casey Jay Coleman, Joseph Lawrence and John Kennedy saw out the game, leading to jubilant scenes on the stroke of full-time as the Rockwell team and supporters were delirious.
Team: Tarcisio Chandra, Joseph Lawrence, Lorcan Cummins, James Cronin, Niall Maher, Eddie Dunphy, Tom Downey, Shane Neville, Tom Ross, Conor Hogan, Peter McGarry, Henry Buttimer, Casey Jay Coleman, John Kennedy, Ben Farrelly. Subs: Harry McSweeney, Lorenzo Grebe, Jamie Browne, Michael Long, Toby Collier, Zac Lynch, Mario Gomez, Tadhg Carey, Bobby Smith, Richard Buchelli.
Rockwell College celebrating beating St Munchin's College (Limerick) in the Munster under 15 Development A Schools final.
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