Weekend action in the Ulster Bank League has seen the students of Dublin University and UL Bohemians take top spot in both Divisions 1A and 1B respectively.
Division 1A Review
Garryowen 14 Dublin University 27
The Light Blues’ early tries from prop Niall Horan and centre Peadar Collins seemed to spur Trinity into action at Dooradoyle, with converted scores from number 8 Tom Ryan and impressive lock Pierce Dargan taking the visitors to a 17-14 half-time lead.
As Tony Smeeth’s youngsters pushed on, a 43rd minute penalty from Jack McDermott was supplemented by a well-taken try from winger Colm Hogan – his fourth of the campaign – for a 13-point winning margin. Recovering Munster centre Sam Arnold got game-time for Garryowen in the second half.
Old Belvedere 14 Cork Constitution 20
The returning Danny Riordan and recent Munster recruit Steve Crosbie failed to inspire Old Belvedere as the leaders from round 4 lost 20-14 to Con at Anglesea Road. Cork Con’s out-half Tomás Quinlan was dominant with five well-struck penalties.
Young Munster 37 UCD 31
Young Munster hold second place in Division 1A following their 37-31 bonus point win over UCD, with locks Alan Ross and Alan Kennedy scoring two of the Cookies’ four second half tries.
Terenure College 13 St. Mary’s College 17
Second half tries from Terry Kennedy and man-of-the-match Jordan Larmour saw St. Mary’s defeat local rivals Terenure 17-13 in an all-Dublin clash. This big win moved Jamie Cornets team up to 6th four points off the lead.
Lansdowne 33 Clontarf 31
On the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night Lansdowne held off Dublin rivals Clontarf for a two-point victory. In an entertaining game with plenty tries, the home side saw a 7 point half-time lead reduced to just two at the final whistle. Lansdowne’s tries came from Joe McSwiney, Tadgh McElroy, John O’Donnell, Charlie Butterworth, and Foster Horan, with Scott Deasy successful with four conversions. Clontarf’s try scorers were Bryan Byrne, Matt D’Arcy 2, and Sam Cronin. Rob Keogh scored 4 conversions and a penalty.
Division 1B Review
UL Bohemians 25 Ballymena 15
Unbeaten UL Bohs stretched their lead to five points following a well-judged 25-15 bonus point triumph over Ballymena. First half tries from Andy Rowsome, Brian Walsh and Jamie McNamara, were added to by loosehead Joey Conway’s 76th-minute score in the corner ensured the Red Robins have taken 24 points out of a possible 25 so far this season.
Dolphin 22 Buccaneers 31
Bohs’ next opponents Buccaneers battled past Dolphin on a 31-22 scoreline at Irish Independent Park in Cork thanks to 13 closing points – Alan Gaughan kicked two penalties and converted replacement Eoghan O’Reilly’s try to give the Westerners a comfortable win in the end.
UCC 17 Shannon 9
Former captain and current defence/lineout coach Tom Hayes put his boots back on for Shannon in the game away to UCC. Despite leading at half-time at The Mardyke, the Limerick side fell away as two Kevin O’Keeffe penalties and captain Kevin Slater’s 72nd-minute try saw the students prevail 17-9.
Ballynahinch 26 Naas 41
Naas defeated Ballynahinch with a six-try display, winning 41-26 at Ballymacarn Park. Fionn Carr scored his third try of the season and Samoan replacement Paulie Tolofua ran in an excellent breakaway try from halfway.
Old Wesley 35 Galwegians 25
Old Wesley and Galwegians scored eight tries between them in an exciting game at Donnybrook. Connacht centre Rory Parata crossed the line for two of ’Wegians’ four first half touchdowns. Having led 25-18 at half-time, the visitors suffered after captain Brian Murphy was shown a second yellow card. Replacement David Henshaw crossed from a maul and Kiwi Isaac Leota’s intercept effort wrapped up Wesley’s 35-25 win. Importantly, Leinster and Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss played over a half for Old Wesley as he continues his comeback from knee surgery
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