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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Manning on the double as Munster 'A' clip Ravens' wings

Ian Bransfield

Jeremy Manning was the toast of Limerick on Saturday night as his double-try salvo at Thomond Park sealed Munster A's passage to the British and Irish Cup final at the expense of Ulster Ravens.

The adopted Kiwi touched down for two tries -- one in either half -- as Anthony Foley's side ran out convincing winners against their northern counterparts.

Speaking after the game, Foley was effusive in his praise of Manning, commenting: "I thought Jeremy looked very comfortable at 12. He was exciting on the ball and he controlled the defensive line."

Duncan Williams and Mike Sherry also touched down for tries in this one-sided contest while Declan Cusack added seven points with the boot. Munster came into the game unbeaten all season and Manning got them off the mark on 10 minutes when he collected a wayward clearance to touch down unopposed in the corner.

James McKinney offered Ulster a brief reprieve with a well-struck penalty soon after but Williams extended the home side's lead with a snipe from five metres on the half hour. Cusack missed the conversion but added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give Munster a 13-3 interval advantage.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first. Manning scored a great individual try eight minutes after the restart before Sherry put the result beyond doubt with a pushover try on the hour. Foley's men will play the Cornish Pirates who defeated Doncaster Knights 43-5 yesterday

Munster 'A' -- M Lawlor;R O'Mahony, D Barnes (M Kelliher 65), J Manning (L O'Dea 75), S Scanlon; D Cusack, D Williams (C Murray 65); D Ryan (D Kilcoyne 41), M Sherry (S Henry 75), S Archer; D Foley, I Nagle; T O'Donnell (D O'Callaghan 70), E Grace (P Butler 59), P O'Mahony (capt).

Ulster Ravens -- D McIlwhaine; T Seymour, M Allen (L Marshall 70), J Shiels, C Cochrane; J McKinney (M Pyper 68), I Porter; P McAllister (P Karayiannis 60), N Brady (Capt) (N Annett 60), D Fitzpatrick; N McComb, A Linton; A Birch, S Dougall, S Lavella.

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