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While many may be superstitious about Friday 13th, it proved to be a most fortunate day for Clonmel High School U15 rugby team as they won the Munster Schools Cleary Cup in a narrow, hard fought victory against Villiers School from Limerick in Clanwilliam Park.
High School had the best of the opening exchanges. They pinned Villiers in their half for the first 15 minutes. Villiers were very effective at the break down especially centres Thomas Lillis and Glen Nelson.
Midway through the first half, the High School finally put a few phases together attacking down the right wing.
The angle proved too difficult for the conversion. Instead of the High School consolidating their lead, Villiers' reply was instant.
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From the restart, winger Syed Fahad Rahman out jumped his opponent to pluck the ball from the air in spectacular fashion, to the delight of the raucous support of the Villiers' fans. High School players celebrate with the cup. Showing great composure, Villiers recycled the ball through multiple phases until impressive wing forward Eoin McCormack touched down to level the score despite the best efforts of the High School defence.
The conversion was missed to keep the score five points apiece. With three minutes to half time, the High School rallied to produce what would be the match winning score. A swift passing move begun by out half James Morris found centre Emre Yasar who cut through the Villiers defence before full back Vincent Uzmoefena scrambled to make a try saving tackle.
Yet fast hands from Chris Ryan and James Morris found High School captain Adam Cunningham in space and he deftly evaded the desperate attempts of the Villiers defence to score to the delight of his team and supporters.
The conversion again proved elusive to leave the half time score Most of the second half was played between the 22s as both teams were evenly matched. Villiers' half backs Noah Patterson and Douglas Howell were a constant threat.
As the half wore on, Villiers' patience began to pay off as the High School found themselves defending on their five metre line following successive penalties to Villiers.
A try seemed inevitable. High School full back Rory O'Dowd showed great courage tackling the boots of the bigger opposition.
The siege was finally lifted when Brandon Delicato pounced to win a penalty for his team on his try line. The gasp of relief around Clanwilliam Park was audible.
The final minutes were played out on the half way line. Tim Nugent made a bursting run up the middle of the park for the High School which typified his work rate all afternoon.
Try as they may, Villiers could not breech the High School defence and the Clonmel team hung on for a famous victory.
Peter Silke, Chairman of the Munster Youths Committee, paid tribute to both teams for an excellent game of rugby. He presented the Cleary Cup to High School captain Adam Cunningham to the jubilation of his team mates and supporters.
This was a fitting end to a memorable season for the High School team. The whole school is proud of your achievement.
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