Cork Con tak­ing noth­ing for granted

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

Cork Con­sti­tu­tion head coach Brian Hickey says his side are “very much un­der­dogs” head­ing into Sun­day’s Ul­ster Bank League fi­nal, de­spite the fact the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are ap­proach­ing their third suc­ces­sive Di­vi­sion 1A de­cider.

Cork Con will re­new ri­val­ries with Lans­downe after de­feat­ing semi-fi­nal op­po­nents Terenure Col­lege 22-15 at Lake­lands Park. Out­half Tomás Quin­lan im­pressed again with a 17-point tally from the tee, while Mun­ster “A” back rower Evan Min­tern, who was sprung from the bench, crossed for a sec­ond-half try.

Lans­downe de­feated Gar­ry­owen 36-19 in the other semi-fi­nal. The re­sult sets up a re­peat of the re­cent Bate­man Cup fi­nal which Lans­downe won con­vinc­ingly (32-12) at Tem­ple Hill.

Their hopes of a sec­ond suc­ces­sive All-Ire­land dou­ble may be over, but Hickey’s troops could still make his­tory next week­end as they tar­get a two in-a-row – some­thing which has not been achieved since Shan­non did so in 2006.

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