Friday 24 May 2019

Bennie gets ball rolling for rampant Lansdowne

Lansdowne 45 UCD 10

Lansdowne celebrated a 45-10 victory over UCD last night (stock picture)
Lansdowne celebrated a 45-10 victory over UCD last night (stock picture)

Nigel Whittaker

Lansdowne made it three Ulster Bank League wins in a row with a storming victory over UCD on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch last night.

Mike Ruddock's men moved temporarily to the top of Division 1A, running in six converted tries through backs Alan Bennie (2) and Foster Horan and forwards Paul Boyle, Max Deegan and Philip Donnellan.

Scrum-half Bennie sniped over in their very first attack and after a UCD yellow card and scrum pressure from the hosts before half-time, No 8 Paul Boyle touched down off the back of an advancing set-piece, five metres out, for a 17-3 interval lead.

Lansdowne's powerful pack remained on top in the second half, with tactically astute 13-point out-half Scott Deasy keeping them stationed in the right areas of the pitch.

The bonus point was long secured by the time UCD scrum-half Jamie Glynn crossed for his third try in as many games.

The students missed the presence of second-row James Ryan and a number of other Leinster Academy talents. Glynn's effort was little consolation on a night when Andy Skegan's youngsters were well beaten by a superior unit.

Bowe lasts pace as Baa-Baas run riot

The Belfast weather made little accommodation for the first visit of the Barbarians to Ulster since 1957 but the famous touring side still turned on the style at a wet and windy Kingspan Stadium.

While neither local favourites Tommy Bowe or Ruan Pienaar got on the score-sheet, the Baa-Baas produced six tries with an experimental Fiji side offering only one score in reply in a 40-7 victory. Hooker Akker van der Merwe and winger Luke Morahan both scored a brace.

Bowe was pleased to get some game-time under his belt in front of an attendance of 10,000.

"We wanted to put on show and I think we did that for the people came out," he said.

"For me, I was delighted to get 80 minutes under the belt. It's been a really frustrating time being out injured."

Der Merwe (2), Matt Faddes and Andy Ellis went over for tries and Robert Du Preez converted all four as the Baa-Baas took a 28-0 lead into the break.

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