Sports - Rugby
Junior Cup Team
Last year’s JCT rugby season was a brilliant one with great highs and a few lows and the introduction of 2nd years into some of the matches and training gave great hope for the 2019/20 season.
And again, there was similar success with the JCT getting to the Fr Godfrey Cup final, but the playing of which has been an unfortunate casualty of the Covid-19 crisis.
The training regime has changed over the years with nutrition and strength & conditioning coaches now part of the set-up. This helps not just with their fitness for rugby, but also health & fitness for life.
The JCT trained hard especially over the Halloween break and Christmas holidays; S&C sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings, starting at 7:15; and training after school on Fridays and on Saturday mornings. Everyone, from the coaches to the players, were involved and committed.
The match against CBC Monkstown in the first round of the Father Godfrey Cup was a particular highlight. It was a very close game, with CUS winning 18-14 in front of the whole school in Donnybrook Stadium.
This was followed by a 16-10 win over CBC Naas leading to a semi-final match against The High School – CUS struck with a try by Rian Treacy after 25 minutes. Rian also scored a second try and CUS ran out 19-0 winners.
The final was scheduled for March 23rd but as with all fixtures, was postponed. No new date has been set yet
Senior Cup Team
Last year’s CUS Senior Cup Team reached the final of the Vinny Murray Cup where we were beaten by a
strong CBC Monkstown outfit, but we finished on a positive note, scoring two tries in the closing moments of the match.
The CUS coaching staff, led by Eric Miller has seen a transformation in the team and winning matches has now become the norm in many cases.
This year, the SCT started with a bye into the second round of the Vinnie Murray Cup followed great wins over St Fintans (59-7) but fell agonisingly short losing 12-7 against Kings Hos in the semi final. It was a close match with CUS going into the break 7-0 up after a try by Jack Guinan converted by Atziol King.
Unfortunately Kings Hos equalised in the 59th minute and scored the winner on 67 minutes.
Despite going close for another try, we fell just short. A day luck went against us. But we are very hopeful for next year’s Cup campaign, with many of the 4th and 5th Year students chomping at the bit to get into the team and register some fine wins for the school – 2021 is a year to watch for.