Crosbie boot proves enough to keep spirited Cork Con at bay
Published 02/03/2014 | 02:30
A late comeback by Cork Constitution came close to putting a big dent in Old Belvedere's tile prospects.
Belvo led 26-10 as the game entered the final quarter but tries in the last five minutes from Luke Cahill and James Ryan and a Darragh Lyons conversion saw the home side pick up two bonus points.
Willie Ryan gave the Con an early lead with a try but Belvo hit back with a Sean Byrne try and a conversion and two penalties by Steve Crosbie to lead 13-5 at half-time.
Gavin Duffy scored a try for Con shortly after the restart and Johnny Holland converted, but after two penalties and a conversion by Crosbie for a Philip Dwyer try it looked like the game was beyond the Temple Hill side until their late scoring spree.
Hat-trick hero Max McFarland was the star performer at Castle Avenue as Clontarf consolidated their position at the summit of the table with a stunning victory over Dolphin.
Thanks to a brace of well-worked tries by Darragh Fitzpatrick, Tarf brought a 36-0 lead into the second half and cruised home with tries from Brendan Cuttriss and Michael McGrath.
Young Munster staged an amazing rally to beat Lansdowne after a tetchy second half at Clifford Park. Derry O'Connor got a last-minute try in the corner for Young Munster which Brian Haugh converted from the touchline.
Sixteen points from the boot of James Thornton proved decisive at Belfield, as UCD held off a strong final-quarter fightback from Garryowen.
Opening half tries by full-back Andy Boyle and the industrious Tom Fletcher provided the foundations for the Students.
Hinch led 10-7 at the interval but the Dublin team fought back to score all the second-half points at Ballymacarn Park.
St Mary's had the better of the second-half exchanges and levelled from a lineout and maul when Kieran Ruddock scored for Conor Dunne to add the points. Dunne then sealed victory with a penalty.
Malone found the might of Terenure too difficult to handle at Gibson Park. The visitors went in front with an Alex Dunlop try converted by Mark O'Neill and after leading 14-3 at half-time they never let their foot off the gas.
Corinthians had their 11th win this season when they ran in five tries against Dungannon at Corinthian Park.
The winners had three tries before the interval from Joey Merrigan, flanker John Burns and full-back David Panter.
Buccaneers were full value for their comprehensive four-try, bonus win against Shannon at Coonagh where Steve McCauley, Mata Fifita, Luke Satchwell and Shane Leyden crossed the whitewash.
A converted penalty try during the closing stages of the first half made all the difference at Sydney Parade where Robbie Burke's boot edged it for UL Bohs.
A powerful first-half display paved the way for Blackrock's victory over Belfast Harlequins, as Eoin Cullen, Dave Godfrey and Davy Rowan crossed for tries.
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