Monday 21 August 2017

Coghlan centre stage in Leinster fightback

JERSEY 12 LEINSTER 'A' 16 British and Irish Cup

LEINSTER 'A' came from behind to leave the Channel Islands with the spoils thanks to a strong second-half display.

Mike Le Bourgeois kicked Jersey into a 9-0 lead after 18 minutes. Leinster out-half Noel Reid exchanged penalties with his opposite number, before pulling one back before half-time to make it 12-6.

Colin McEntee's side got on top after the break, with Jordan Coghlan to the fore. Leo Auva'a muscled his way to a try, before captain Rhys Ruddock powered over in the corner.

Jersey pushed hard to try and steal the victory in a tense finish, but Leinster survived.

JERSEY – B Davies; A Maggs, M Stelling, D Bishop, E Dawson; M Le Bourgeois, D McCormack; S McCarthy, D Felton, J Brennan; N Hannay (capt), D Markham; J Voss, F Silcock, G Thompson.

LEINSTER 'A' – C Marsh; A Boyle, B Macken, J Coghlan, A Byrne; N Reid, J Cooney; J O'Connell, A Dundon, J Hagan; B Marshall, T Denton; R Ruddock (capt), D Ryan, L Auva'a.

REF – S Rees (WRU).

Irish Independent

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