300CBS Roscommon v St. Gerald’s

March 19th, 2pm, Sportsground

The 82nd final of the Elverys Connacht Schools Junior Cup will feature two teams that are making their first appearance at this stage. Despite this, both teams have been very impressive in coming through the group stage and semi finals, and St. Gerald’s proved in winning the League that they have a strong side. CBS Roscommon finished a close section in the Northern section of the league to St. Gerald’s to miss out on the league final.

Spectators will be in for an entertaining game, with both teams favouring an expansive game. St. Gerald’s will look to dominate up front with their strong scrum looking to give them a platform for their impressive backs to attack. For CBS Roscommon, if their lineout holds up, they have a similar array of attacking talent in their backs.

300Both teams possess very good placekickers, with Roscommon’s Shane Purcell converting 2 from 3 in the semi final and St. Gerald’s Barry Walsh converting 5 from 6 for his side in their semi final. The biggest battle between the sides will be in the back row. Blindside flanker Saran O’Callaghan was outstanding for St. Gerald’s in overcoming Garbally, while the back row combination of Daire Byrne, James Brandon and Brian Diffley were at the heart of all of CBS Roscommon’s good play against Colaiste Iognaid.

In the backs, Michael Farrell, Conor Shanager and Cian Gately are tricky customers for Roscommon, with Shanagher’s strong running a feature of their semi final win, while St. Gerald’s full back Mark Balaski possesses pace and a wicked step and will be one to watch out for.

Admission €5 for students/ €10 for adults

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