Thursday 24 August 2017

Ail at a glance

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Star turn

Darren Hudson (St Mary's)

Scoring tries against Shannon has never been easily done in the AIL but last year's Ireland U-20 flyer made short work of that theory, running in four -- half of St Mary's total -- in a 53-0 rout at Templeville Road.

One to watch

Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution)

Second-row Hayes has the physical attributes to compete at senior level and he added a try-scoring string to his bow on Saturday, running in two tries in Cork Con's victory over Young Munster. An intelligent line-out operator with decent handling skills, the Munster Academy lock has plenty to offer.

Number of the week

8 St Mary's did something that the AIL has rarely seen in its 20-year history, running in eight tries as they routed Shannon.

Division 2

Three games, three bonus-point wins for Ballynahinch and Ballymena and the Ulster sides lead the way. Promising centre Nevin Spence touched down twice for 'Hinch as they cruised to a 34-8 win over Clonakilty, while Luke Marshall scored 27 points in a 37-23 win for Ballymena over Bective at Donnybrook. UCD's 27-17 win over Old Wesley puts them third ahead of Corinthians, whose 55-15 win over DLSP leaves them ahead of Malone, who lost 18-10 to Midleton, and Belfast Harlequins, who squeezed past Trinity (12-10). Terenure beat Thomond 25-7, while Queen's saw off Old Crescent 28-20.

Division 3

City of Derry continue to relish their senior rugby revival as they again took maximum points in a 36-16 win over Banbridge. Sunday's Well leapfrogged Seapoint with a 36-31 win, while Instonians won 24-12 at Ards to go third. Greystones won 33-13 at Connemara, while Naas fell to Wanderers 18-14 at the Aviva and Suttonians drew 10-10 with Nenagh Ormond.

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