Queen’s University 2nd XV and Grosvenor go head to head on Easter Monday at Ravenhill in the McCrea Cup Final, kick off 12:30.
After a successful first season in Championship Division 1, Grosvenor go into this game as favourites. However, if any team is going to upset the odds it has to be the students who topped the Provincial League Division 1 and are looking at Championship rugby next season.
As the Provincial League is not one we cover, due to resources, our yardstick on Queen’s chances is their semi final win against Academy which we covered. The students came out on top against a good Academy side that evening plus they disposed of Conference 2 side, Malone II, in the quarterfinal so they will be going into monday’s game with a fair degree of confidence.
However, in their semi final the next day, Grosvenor laid down a significant statement with a convincing win against fellow Championship 1 side Cooke in an entertaining encounter at Shawsbridge and their overall form has been impressive this season.
I think you can ignore Grosvenor’s “gimmie” win against a poor Instonians in the quarter final of this competition but they enhanced thier cup credentials in a narrow junior Cup Semi-final defeat to a Ross Adair inspired Ballynahinch II’s in a thrilling game at Gibson Park.
We caught up with both camps as they went through their Final’s preparations earlier in the week to find their views on the encounter in the video below.
If both teams play to their potential this should be a very entertaining game, both teams like to move the ball, though Grosvenor may try and keep it tight initially,
At the end of the day we’re going to tip Grosvenor for this one but Queen’s are more than capable of causing an upset.
|Mark Gordon||15||Adam Skelton|
|Fal El Vave||14||Jonny Farquhar|
|Rory Nicholl||13||Ben Coard|
|Curtis Dundass||12||Jos McConkey|
|Chris Jennings||11||Davy Egner|
|Daniel Keane||10||Peter Davison|
|Johnny Black||1||Mark Rainey|
|Jack Sleator||2||Stuart Smyth|
|Toby Jozwiak||3||Pearce Jamison|
|Callum Cardwell||4||Matthew Cahoon|
|Martin Withers||5||Willie Rea|
|Andrew Walker||6||Sam Purdon|
|Daniel Edgar||7||Connor McKee|
|Chris Fowler||8||Andrew Kelly|
|Alex Elmore||16||Matthew Allen|
|Remy Rees Goddard||17||Daniel Bowden|
|Matthew Pentland||18||Ben Davies|
|Matthew McSorley||19||Neil Adams|
|Josh Rawlinson||20||Stuart McIlwaine|