Wednesday 1 March 2017

In brief: Leinster on title trail once more

Rugby

The holders Leinster made it two wins out of two in the Schools U-18 Inter-provincial championship at Donnybrook yesterday with a 37-13 victory over Ulster.

This was not quite the championship decider as Ulster had beaten Munster 28-14 in Belfast and Leinster devoured Connacht 34-0 in the first round, but Leinster look well on their towards retaining the title. Captain Luke McGrath gave a mature display as Leinster got tries from No 8 Luke Satchwell, centres Conor McEllin and Rory Kavanagh and wings Michael Mellett and Mark Roche.

While Ulster never threatened an upset, they did do enough damage for centre Ryan Martin to pile over the top of a ruck for a second-half try and their out-half Stuart Holding hit eight points.

Leinster -- J Fitzpatrick (Gonzaga); M Mellett (Castleknock), C McEllin (Blackrock), R Kavanagh (St Michael's), M Roche (Blackrock); S Crosbie (St Gerard's), L McGrath (St Michael's, capt); E Byrne (Clongowes Wood), A Murphy (St Michael's), A Boland (Blackrock), J Sexton (St Mary's), G Thornbury (Blackrock), C Kilcoyne (Blackrock), D Leavy (St Michael's), L Satchwell (King's Hospital).

Reps: B Byrne (Clongowes Wood) for Murphy (52), D Shanahan (Belvedere) for McGrath (60), B Howard (CBC Monkstown) for Mellett (63), J O'Neill (Castleknock) for Leavy (68).

Ulster -- R Scholes; M Best (both Campbell), R Martin (Methodist), C Farrell (Campbell), N Burns (Foyle & Londonderry); S Holding BRA), J Creighton (Campbell, capt); S McNabney, J Andrew (both Ballymena Academy), J Harrison, J Andress (both Methodist), J Cooke (Campbell), T Burns (Foyle & Londonderry), J-F Bester (Campbell), B Alexander (RBAI). Reps: C Taylor (Wallace High) for Harrison, J Donnan (Down High) for Cooke, S Hooks (Royal Armagh) for Alexander all (40), S Best (Coleraine AI) for McNabney, O McCollum (Methodist) for Andrew (both 63), R MaGowan (Royal Armagh) for Holding, G Baillie (Campbell) for Scholes (both 65).

Ref -- W O'Connor (IRFU).

Boxing

EUROPEAN UNION champs David Oliver Joyce and Con Sheehan will be in action when an ace Irish selection clash with a top Eastern European side at the South Court Hotel in Limerick tomorrow.

John Joe Joyce, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 European Championships and ranked seventh in the World by AIBA, will also be between the ropes.

David Oliver Joyce, who is signed up with Delhi in the World Series of Boxing, will face Naudzius Aurimas of Lithuania at lightweight, and Irish champ Sheehan meets Dubovyk Oleksandr.

Tennis

COLIN O'BRIEN defeated James Cluskey in a novel all-Irish clash in the ITF Futures event in Danderyd, Sweden.

No 7 seed O'Brien left no doubt about his superiority in the second round contest, blowing away unseeded Cluskey on a 6-3 6-1 scoreline. Today, O'Brien faces Finland's 308-ranked Timo Nieminen.

Following their singles contest, O'Brien and Cluskey, the No 1 seeds, teamed up for a 6-4 3-6 10-6 win over Swedes Isak Arvidsson and Lucas Renard in the first round of the doubles.

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