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Breaking the CUS: Ardee CS handed Vinnie Murray Cup test

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Ardee CS players in a huddle before the McMullan Cup final in March 2017. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Community School will place Dublin’s Catholic University School in the first round of the Leinster Rugby Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup – should they overcome Dundalk Grammar School on Thursday.

The draws for the respective Leinster schools cup competitions were held at Bank of Ireland in Grand Canal Square in Dublin on Monay evening, hosted by eirSport host Connor Morris. Leinster’s Stuart Lancaster, Dan Leavy and Dave Kearney were on hand to draw the teams out of the bag.

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Andy Robb’s team now know, should they beat DGS in Thursday’s McMullen Cup quarter-final, they will go forward to take on CUS in round one of the Vinnie Murray. Skerries Community College were the lucky side in the draw – being drawn out first and thus being given a bye into the second round.

Last year’s draw saw Ardee Community School compete in the Vinnie Murray Cup draw for the very first time in history. They were drawn to face Wilson’s Hospital. A 34-10 defeat in Navan ended ACS hopes in that competition – with prop Cyr Bakekolo grounding for both Ardee tries on the day.

However, they did progress to the McMullen Cup Final, a game they lost out to Good Counsel College at Donnybrook Stadium. If they are to beat Dundalk Grammar on Thursday, they know they will not only claim a place in the cup first round – but they’ll be just one game away from another final outing in the McMullen Cup.

In the previous round of the McMullen Cup, tries from Cian Taaffe and Joe Mulholland helped Ardee CS to a 19-0 win. The seniors have also enjoyed wins over Thursday’s opponents DGS and St Ciaran’s Kells in Division 2A Northeast Pool 1.

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