High School Rugby News1st Year Challenge MatchesRockwell College A 24HighSchool CBS A 28
Trailing by 17 points to nil at half time, Clonmel High School’s first years put in an incredible second half shift to come out on top in a game that appeared to be well beyond them at the break.
High School centre Emmet Butler led from the front and with two gusting surges through the middle fed winger Lekan Oki who ploughed over twice at the start of the second half, in what was a pair of almost identical tries for the High School. Fly half Chris Ryan added the points and the High School moved to within three points of Rockwell.
The A grade rugby school weren’t finished however and almost from the kickoff Rockwell’s impressive eight, who carried ball all day and caused big problems for the High School, barrelled over under the posts leaving the conversion a formality. The score now at 24-14 it was Butler again who pulled the High School back into contention. Running a tight line off his scrum half he ghosted through the Rockwell defense and scored in the centre with Ryan on hand to convert.
Rockwell enjoyed a huge period of dominance in the final quarter and camped on the Clonmel try line. But a mistake at the breakdown and some good counter rucking from Adam Cunningham and Taine Walters won vital possession back for the the High School. A successful kick and chase saw the ball worked out to Butler who once again backed himself and carved a route for the posts. Ryan held his nerve with the kick as the High School saw out a fine comeback and win in what was an engaging encounter with a really high standard of rugby displayed by both sides.
The High School team was: Dean Moroney, Adam Cunningham, Tommy Kiely, Ylber Sadiku, Shane Ryan, Joseph Golden, Taine Walters, Rian McCormack, Oscar Quigley, Chris Ryan, Emre Yasar, Fionn Hallinan, Oisin Walsh, Lekan Oki, Emmet Butler.Rockwell College B 25High School CBS B 5High School first years took on Rockwell in what proved to be a very competitive game. Both sided showed good rucking technique and clever use of the ball to set up a well fought game. Rockwell got the better of High School in the first half by producing three well worked tries. All three were well converted by the Rockwell out half.The second half was again well contested, with Rockwell striking first, but High School responding with a fine try of their own from Harley Joy Horan. High School forwardsnow started to dominate with impressive displays from Fergal Gaughran and Killian O’Keeffe. In the backline, scrum half Ross Slattery produced some great runs and received great support from Eoghan Walsh and Rowan McDonald.The High School team was:James Dennehy, Tim Nugent, Jack Kelly, John Carolan, Fergal Gaughran, Riann Harris, Alex Meagher, Killian O’Keeffe, Ross Slattery, Rowan McDonald, Christopher Sheikh, Eoghan Walsh, Jack Mulcahy, HarleyHoran, Rory O’Dowd.U15 McCarthy Cup B Semi FinalChristian Brothers College 29High School CBS 10The first time playing at this grade, the High School reached the semi final but lost out to a strong CBC side in Cork. In the first rugby meeting between the two schools, the High School showed lots of aggression at the break down with some excellent rucking by Luke Manning and Liam Ryan.CBC’s backs looked threatening when they got the ball and they scored two good tries in the first half. The High School kept their cool and from a line out in the CBC 22, scrum half Odhran Russell pounced on a defensive error to score the High School’s first try. With the half time score 10-5, the match was still in the melting pot.The second half began with the High School camped in CBC’s 22. However, a fumbled pass was gathered by a Cork player who ran the length of the pitch to score CBC’s third try. The High School response was immediate. Centre Conor Neville gathered the ball in his own half, broke three tackles and outpaced the defence to score the High School’s second try.Despite CBC scoring two further tries, the High School played until the final whistle demonstrating great determination. The team has shown their ability to play at this level and they can now look forward to the Cleary Cup in the New Year.The High School team was: Jamie Walsh, Liam Ryan, Conal Ryan, Josh Dolan, Thomas Shanahan, Luke Manning, Ben Dunne Kennedy, Oran Ryan, Odhran Russell, Cathal Deely, , Eoghan Ryan, Darragh Hanrahan, Conor Neville, Michael O’Donnell, Aidan Hickey, Cormac McNamara, Karl Dawson, Adam Quigley, Brandon Delicato.U16 Junior Cup QualifierHigh School Clonmel CBS 5St Clements 18High School Clonmels pursuit of a first ever qualification for the Munster Junior Cup must wait another year as they saw their efforts against a very strong St Clements side fall just short.
High School started the game well and dominated the opening period, but resolute defending from St Clements kept Clonmel at bay. Against the run of play, St Clements countered and fed quick ball to their speedy winger, John Molloy, who touched down in the corner. St Clements pushed on after this opening try and were rewarded for some good counter-rucking and quick hands to produce another well worked try. With both conversion attempts missed, High School were trailing 10-0 midway through the first half.
This seemed to be the wake up call High Scholl needed. Intense rucking from Cian Walsh and Edward McIntosh produced the perfect attacking platform for the High School. Jack O’ Loughlin began to dominate in the backline and produced several incisive runs to set up an overlap which High School exploited. Shane Fitzgibbon touched down in the corner to leave the score at 10–5 at halftime.
High School started the second half well and pushed into the Clements 22, but more strong defending allowed Clements clear the lines and put pressure on High School. Strong defending this time by Josh power and Aaron Kinsella prevented a Clements try, but the pressure eventually told when Clements grabbed their third try of the game. A further penalty with three minutes to play left the final score at 18-3.
High School will now look to concentrate on the Mungret Shield after Christmas, where they will play a home semi-final in January.The High School team was: Edward McIntosh, Enda Dunphy, Michael Dillon, Ben Lonergan, Mark Sheehan, Conor Walsh, Evan Phelan, Cian Walsh, Cathal McGuigan, Josh Power, Aaron Kinsella, Jack O’Loughlin, Shane Fitzgibbon, Callum O’Ceallaigh, Billy Murphy, Jamie Doyle, John Askins, James Boland, Liam Ryan, Daniel Moloney, Barry Keogh, Adam O’Sullivan, Aaron O’ Neill, Oran Ryan.U19 Senior Cup QualifierHigh School CBS 5St. Clements 28The High School battled hard in this Senior Cup qualifier in Clonmel RFC last Wednesday. A heroic first half saw the High School keep St. Clements scoreless at the break. Impressive High School defensive work spoiled wave after wave of St. Clements attack. The High School pack, led by captain Shane Gleeson, scrummaged well and its line out gave the home side good possession. The High School’s back row of Conor Mullins, Kevin Kophammel and James Corbett worked very hard at the breakdown winning vital possession.Inside the first ten minutes of the second half, St. Clements had broken the deadlock scoring two converted tries. To their credit, the High School worked their up the pitch and several phases resulted in a try in the corner by Joe Sheehan. The High School battled hard to reduce the deficit. Conor McGrath used his big boot to get useful position in St. Clements half. Ross McDywer and Eoin Power made some good line breaks and were solid in defence. Alas, the home side began to tire in the final minutes and St. Clements ran in two further tries to seal victory.Despite defeat, there are so many positives to be garnered from this High School performance. It was a massive team effort that will give the team confidence going into the Mungret Cup knockout phase in January.The High School team was: Tamas Cseh, Luke Sheehan, Cian McGuire, Shane Gleeson, Harry Butler, Conor Mullins, Kevin Kophammel, James Corbett, Joe Sheehan, Conor McGrath, Josh Fahey, Cian O’Sullivan, Ross McDywer, Daniel Plescah, Eoin Power, Eoghan Kelly, Evan Spillane, Tiernan O’Ceallaigh, Michael Cleary, Myles Amos, David Shaw, Darren Slattery, David O’Keeffe, Andy Higgins.FixturesTuesday 29th NovemberU19 FriendlyHigh School v Glenstal Abbey (away)Wednesday 30th November1st Year FriendlyHigh School v Newtown School Waterford (away)High School 1st Year Rugby teams that played Rockwell College. Included are coaches Mr. Hayes and Mr. O’Loughlin.