Pundit Arena columnist, Reggie Corrigan, gives us a quick rundown of where this afternoon’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup decider will be won and lost.
The most interesting thing about these two sides going into the final is that both play a similar style of rugby, so trying to predict an outcome is almost impossible.
Both defences are very well organised and have been able to keep the score count, and most important the penalty count, low. However, I think the wide open spaces in the RDS will present both teams with an opportunity to attack and exploit each other, we really are in for a cracking game.
Gonzaga have dominated every team they have come up against in the scrum, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. St. Michael’s set-piece is very solid and they have been very steady in the scrum themselves, but in a game of such fine margins, I feel this is an area where Gonzaga may be able to exploit St. Michael’s, put them under pressure and try to tire them out.
For St. Michael’s the real question is how much damage they will be able to inflict upon Gonzaga from their back line. If the back three are allowed to play and are given time on the ball then they will have a real influence on the game. If they can link up Chris Cosgrave and a find a way to release him into space then it could pose problems for Gonzaga.
The battle of the centres on the day is huge. Cosgrave has had a huge influence for St. Michael’s this season and is continually putting up big performances, so Gonzaga are going to have their work cut out at midfield.
On the day, I can’t see one side or the other having a huge advantage. In games like these, it all comes down to how individuals perform on the day, the nerves and pressure are very much real for these young men.
One thing that we can be sure of is that we are in for a cracking game this afternoon.