Byrne bags 'Tarf treble
HOOKER Bryan Byrne crossed for a hat-trick of tries as second-placed Clontarf grabbed a vital bonus point in an emphatic 32-12 victory over Garryowen at Dooradoyle.
Clontarf's other try came from wing Mick McGrath, while out-half David Joyce landed three conversions and two penalties. It sets them up nicely for next weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Old Belvedere.
By contrast, Garryowen now face a real battle in order to avoid the automatic relegation spot.
They have fallen five points adrift of Ballynahinch, who collected a bonus point in demolishing Young Munster 36-3 at Ballymacarn Park. Cork Constitution moved up to third by accounting for Lansdowne 24-18 at the Aviva Stadium, and St Mary's stayed on the rise with a 20-7 victory over Dolphin at Templeville Road.
Huge credit, meanwhile, must go to Terenure College after they wrapped up the Division 1B title by beating Shannon 24-5 on the resurfaced back pitch at Thomond Park. They have won all of their 15 games.
Corinthians remain in second spot following a hard-earned 12-8 home victory over UL Bohemians. Buccaneers are third, five points behind, after thumping bottom side Dungannon 38-10 at Stevenson Park.
Blackrock College overcame Malone 37-27 at Stradbrook, while Dublin University trounced Belfast Harlequins 31-10 at Sydney Parade.