CBS regain forward Momentum

Connacht Senior Schools Cup Rugby CBS Roscommon 31 St. Gerald’s Castlebar 14

CBS got their cup campaign back on track with a comprehensive win over St. Gerald’s in Creggs last week.

  CBS looked the stronger team in the opening encounters and were rewarded after just 5 minutes when prop John Murray got over from close range, Michael Farrell added a difficult conversion. CBS full back Shane Purcell then out paced his opposite number to score in the corner. This would be the last score of the first half with the side going in 12-0 in favour of CBS.

  Conditions worsened into the second half and somewhat against the run of play the excellent Conor Shanagher made the decisive break to score try number three with Farrell again adding the extras.

  CBS went looking for the vital bonus point try which had so far alluded all teams in their group and it did come when Captain Michael Farrell cut inside St. Gerald’s Barry Walsh and accelerated clear for great individual score. Bonus point secured, a fifth try followed in the 53rd minute, a second for Purcell leaving CBS 31 points in front.

   Two late consolation tries for St. Gerald’s with a CBS player in the sin bin was a reward for the Mayo school’s efforts, never giving up in very difficult conditions.

  CBS next game will be away in Galway against Colaiste Iognaid with their fate firmly back in their own hands. The final group match will see Sligo Grammar visit Creggs at the end of February.

CBS: Rian Biesty, Dan Butt, Daire Byrne, Edward Clinton, Ian Conlon, Melvin Conteh, Eoghan Coyle, Patrick Fannon, Michael Farrell ,Eran Farrell, Michael Feeley, James Fetherstone, Jack Harkins, Jason Hoare, Ben McGahan, James McNally, John Murray, Ryan Murray, Shane Purcell, Sean Rayner, Conor Shanagher, Dylan Ward.