Monday 20 February 2017

Hodson helps Cork Con take bonus and floor Old Belvedere

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Ned Hodson, Cork Constitution. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / Sportsfile
Ned Hodson, Cork Constitution. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / Sportsfile

Cork Constitution continued their strong start to 2016 with a 32-0 bonus-point win over a disappointing Old Belvedere side at Temple Hill.

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Brian Hickey's men picked up five valuable Ulster Bank League points for the second week running, with centre Ned Hodson dotting down in each half. It was a confidence-boosting result ahead of next Saturday's Bateman Cup semi-final trip to Division 1A leaders UCD.

It was business as usual at the Belfield Bowl where UCD swept Garryowen aside in a 45-19 bonus-point triumph.

With Leinster young guns Ross Byrne and Nick McCarthy directing operations from half-back, the students pushed seven points clear at the summit. Wingers Adam Byrne and Barry Daly, and flanker Dan Leavy all scored braces, while full-back Billy Dardis finished off the seventh and final try.

Ballynahinch's second victory in three league outings has boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the top flight. Converted second-half tries from Blane McIlroy, Aaron Cairns and Conor Joyce saw them beat a flat Galwegians team 33-16 on a heavy pitch at Ballymacarn Park.

Fourteen-point ace Scott Deasy played the captain's role to a tee as his late penalty guided Lansdowne to a gritty 19-18 victory over play-off rivals Clontarf at Castle Avenue.

Meanwhile, South African scrum-half Abrie Griesel pounced on a loose scrum ball for the only try of a closely-fought encounter as Young Munster got back to winning ways - 14-6 - at home to struggling Terenure College.

At the 11th time of asking, Belfast Harlequins opened their win account in Division 1B as they pipped Blackrock College 12-10 at Deramore Park. Ireland U-20 international Jacob Stockdale scored the match-winning try 10 minutes from the end.

Shannon celebrated David O'Donovan's 200th All-Ireland League appearance in style as they defeated Munster rivals Dolphin 13-3 at Irish Independent Park. O'Donovan, in his 16th year at senior level, lined out on the left wing for the visitors as he set a new caps milestone. His wing colleague Greg O'Shea ran in the game's only try, set up by flying full-back Stephen Fitzgerald.

Another provincial Academy talent, Connacht's Conor McKeon, kicked 13 points as Buccaneers triumphed 23-22 at College Park to end Dublin University's seven-match unbeaten run.

Tries from Ryan O'Loughlin, Ivan Dineen and Steve Toal-Lennon did the damage for Division 1B leaders St Mary's as they overcame rivals Old Wesley on a 20-14 scoreline. But Ballymena remain just two points behind Mary's after edging out UL Bohemians 17-15 at Annacotty, their third and final try coming from Ulster-capped back rower Stephen Mulholland.

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