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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Leinster secure crown

Leinster captain Carmela Morey lifts the cup. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Leinster captain Carmela Morey lifts the cup. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Leinster were crowned interprovincial champions after a titanic tussle with three-in-a-row chasing Munster at Donnybrook.

Reigning champions Munster, along with Leinster and Connacht were all in the hunt for the crown as the final round of games kicked off, but Leinster's 21-12 triumph saw them claim the title.

Munster began well, but the home side settled and Paula Fitzhenry's mazy run made room for centre Jenny Murphy to touch down for a try, which the Kildare woman converted.

Her partner in the centre, Michelle Claffey, got Leinster's second try and again Murphy converted to leave it 14-0 at the break.

Munster were not in the mood to concede their title easily and seven minutes into the second-half they were back within striking distance thanks to the UL Bohemians triumvirate of Niamh Kavanagh, Edel Murphy and Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird.

A red card for Leinster's Murphy for an off-the-ball incident looked to spell trouble for the home team, but the 14 remaining players coped admirably and sealed victory thanks to a try from replacement hooker Caoimhe Molloy that was converted by Hannah Tyrell.

Connacht lost out on a first championship in two decades on points difference, despite running up a 27-point win (39-12) over Ulster in Galway.

A try bonus scoring performance wasn't enough to bring the title over the Shannon.

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