Saturday 22 July 2017

Dardis hat-trick helps students maintain pressure

'Ireland U-20 international Billy Dardis helped himself to a hat-trick'
'Ireland U-20 international Billy Dardis helped himself to a hat-trick'
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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UCD remain just three points off top spot in Ulster Bank League Division 1A following a superb nine-try 56-22 dismissal of Young Munster at Belfield Bowl.

Ireland U-20 international Billy Dardis helped himself to a hat-trick for Noel McNamara's fourth-placed students. Connacht centre David McSharry, returning from injury, made his presence felt in midfield for the hosts.

A second-half hat-trick from Mick McGrath saw Clontarf come from behind to beat Ballynahinch 38-17 and maintain their winning start to the campaign. The Leinster winger turned this game on its head as Ballynahinch's 10-0 interval lead was erased by his trio of scores.

Ireland Sevens star Alex Wootton weighed in with a match-winning injury-time try for Garryowen in a hard-fought 23-19 Munster derby victory over Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle.

Leinster-capped centre Steve Crosbie scored a penalty and a converted try late on as Old Belvedere beat Galwegians 24-12 at Anglesea Road.

Meanwhile, it is as you were at the top of Division 1B as pacesetters Old Wesley collected their third bonus point victory by overcoming Belfast Harlequins 33-8 at Donnybrook.

Half-backs Dave O'Leary and Alan Large both touched down, while a late spurt saw lock Iain McGann stretch over and New Zealander Billy Ngawini's classy fend and sidestepping run set up flanker Stephen Boyle's bonus point score.

Two second-half penalty tries gave new Dolphin head coach Feargus O'Donoghue his first league win - a 28-13 success away to UL Bohemians. At Templeville Road, Darragh Fanning notched his fourth try in two games as St Mary's swatted Shannon aside 45-12.

Former Ireland U-20 out-half Conor McKeon kicked 15 points in Buccaneers' gripping 30-28 victory at home to Blackrock College, while centre Callum Patterson's fourth league try helped Ballymena see off Dublin University 35-24 at Eaton Park.

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