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Buckley hat-trick helps PBC hit Clement's for 60 in Munster Senior Cup

Back row Jack O’Sullivan led a powerful performance from the Cork school.

Presentation Brothers College 60

St Clement’s College 0

PBC KICKED-STARTED their quest for a first Munster Senior Cup in six years with an impressive dismissal of St Clements’ College.

Paul Buckley scores a try Paul Buckley ran in three tries in Rosbrien today. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

St. Clements were making a return to the Senior Cup after a 20 year absence and started brightly at a chilly Old Crescent as they doggedly defended an early PBC onslaught.

Whilst clearly determined and resolute at first phase, St. Clement’s lacked the necessary precision at the breakdown and so found it difficult to get a run of phases going forward.

Peter Sylvester kicks a conversion Peter Sylvester kicking one of his six conversions. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

PBC were limited to just a Peter Sylvester penalty in the first ten minutes before a set play off a scrum freed Jonathan Wren to get over in the corner. Clement’s barely had a chance to recover from the setback when Sam Deane and Paul Buckley touched down to make it 22-0.

Michael Shinkwink PBC's Michael Shinkwin makes a break. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

By half-time it was 31 – 0, the Corkmen cutting loose with tries either side of the break from Jack O’Shea and another from Buckley killing any chance of a Clement’s fightback.

Roared on by large travelling support PBC hammered home their advantage as scrum-half Harry Shanahan and replacement James Broderick crossed the try-line before Buckley completed his hat-trick by finishing a fine team try.

Enis Haxhiaj and Jack O'Sullivan Clement's Enis Haxhiaj contests a line-out with Jack O'Sullivan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Jack O’Sullivan was rewarded for a Trojan amount of work at the breakdown when he ran in under the posts to complete an unhappy return to Senior Cup rugby for St. Clement’s as a vastly superior PBC side ran out 60-0 victors.

Scorers

Tries: Jonathan Wren, Sam Deane, Paul Buckley (3) Jack O’Shea, Harry Shanahan, James Broderick, Jack O’Sullivan.

Conversions: Peter Sylvester (6)

Penalty: Peter Sylvester

PBC: Jonathan Wren, Tom Fitzgerald, Luke O’Connor, Jack O’Shea, Paul Buckley, Peter Sylvester, Harry Shanahan; Brian O’Connor, Michael Shinkwin, Sam Deane, Conor O’Flynn, Brian O’Mahony, Cian Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Shea, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Billy Scannell, Daire McDonagh, Mike Varnam, Paul Crowley, Jack O’Sullivan, David Harrington, James Broderick, Ross Murphy.

St. Clement’s: James Flanagham, Adam Barry, Nathan Clancy, Joshua Page, John Flynn, Jordan Higgins, Aran Hemir; Conor Clancy, Delly Gleeson, Aaron Stacey, Dillion Cotter, Aidan Quinlivan, Shane Brosnahan, Eoin Murnane, Enis Haxhiaj.

Replacements: Tony McMahon, Dylan Daly-Conway, Aaron Lowe, Donal Browne, Sean Keane, Scott Devitt, James Neville, Nessan Galvin.

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