The full schedule for the 2022/23 Student Sport Ireland / IRFU Cup Finals has been announced.
Five men’s and women’s competitions will be decided in Cork this Wednesday March 15th with UCC hosting finals at the Mardyke and the Farm.
University College Cork are welcoming all teams to Leeside as as part of their 150thyear celebrations of the clubs establishment. Student Sport Ireland and the Irish Rugby Football Union would like to thank them for the cooperation in organising this years finals.
Both the Brendan Johnston Cup final and the Women’s Tier 1 Cup Final are repeats of the finals from March 2022.
Defending Brendan Johnston Cup champions Dublin City University are up against South East Technological University Carlow who are previous winners under their old title I.T. Carlow.
The champions D.C.U. qualified for this years final with a 43-3 win over University of Limerick in round 1, a round 2 win of 45-22 over Garda College and a semi-final victory of 55-7 against Technological University Dublin.
South East Technological University Carlow have also clocked up big scorelines enroute to the final with a 51-18 victory over TUS Midwest in Round 1, a second round triumph of 55-0 over Technological University Dublin and then a very impressive semi-final win over Garda College on a 42-5 scoreline.
In last year’s final D.C.U. were winners on an 18-15 scoreline, while the most recent meeting between the two sides came in Division 1 before Christmas with South East Technological University Carlow coming out on top 37-7.
It will be interesting to see if the high scoring continues in the final and if it does then a blistering final is in prospect, when it kicks off at 5pm in The Mardyke, University College Cork.
Dublin City University are also the defending champions ahead of this year’s SSI/IRFU Women’s Rugby Tier 1 Cup Final and they will once again come up against old rivals University College Dublin in the final.
In last years decider it was a brilliant decider that was won by D.C.U. on a narrow 17-15 scoreline. The sides have already played twice this season with U.C.D. coming out as winners on both occasions.
In the Division 1 league U.C.D. won 22-19, while a meeting three weeks ago in the group stages saw U.C.D. win 24-22.
Another very competitive final is in place and this game kicks off at 7.30pm in The Mardyke, University College Cork.
The finals day gets underway at 12pm in The Farm with the Women’s Tier 3 Cup Final. Munster Technological University Cork take on Technological University Shannon Midwest in our first ever final in this grade.
At 12.30pm, Atlantic Technological University Sligo take on Ulster University Belfast in the Farm for the Men’s Tier 3 Cup final.
University College Cork are represented on home soil in both the Men’s and Women’s Tier 2 Cup finals – their women take on University of Galway at 1.30pm in the Farm. When these sides met in the group stages in UCC, the home side came out on top 34-24.
At 2.30pm in the Farm, Atlantic Technological University Galway take on University College Cork in another repeat fixture from the group stages in the Men’s Tier 2 Cup final, when the sides met earlier in the competition U.C.C. were narrow 23-17 winners.
Student Sport Ireland / Irish Rugby Football Union Cup Finals Schedule
Women’s Tier 3 Cup Final: MTU Cork v TUS Midwest, The Farm Pitch 1, UCC, 12:00
Men’s Rugby Tier 3 Cup Final: Ulster University Belfast vs ATU Sligo, The Farm Pitch 7, UCC, 12:30
Women’s Tier 2 Cup Final: University of Galway vs UCC, The Mardyke, UCC, 13:00
Men’s Tier 2 Cup Final: ATU Galway v UCC, The Mardyke, UCC, 15:00
Brendan Johnston Cup Final (Men’s Tier 1): DCU v South East Technological University Carlow, The Mardyke, UCC, 17:00
Women’s Tier 1 Cup Final: UCD v DCU, The Mardyke, UCC, 19:30