Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cook steals it at death for Pirates

Munster A 6 Cornish Pirates 10
British and Irish Cup

Cornish Pirates made their trip to Clonmel a winning one when they had a hard-fought win over Munster last night.

Munster, playing their first game in this season's competition, looked as if they would hang on for a win, but the Pirates were awarded a penalty try in the second minute of injury time and out-half Rob Cook was on target from the conversion.

Two Scott Deasy penalties put Munster 6-3 ahead in the second period, but the Cornish Pirates responded with that late winning surge to steal victory.

Munster A -- D Kilcoyne (C Condon 66), S Henry (D Casey 28), S Archer, M O'Driscoll (D Foley 61), I Nagle, B Holland (Capt), T O'Donnell, P Butler, P Stringer (D Williams (55), S Deasy, S Zebo, JJ Hanrahan, T Gleeson, R O'Mahony, Luke O'Dea (Corey Hircock h-t).

Cornish Pirates -- R Storer (P Andrew 24), D Ward, C Rimmer, L McGlone, I Nimmo, C Morgan, K Marriott (P Burgess ), C Walker-Blaire (B Cowan 51), T Kessell, R Cook, D Doherty, S Hill, D Locke, R McAtee, Matt Evans.

Ref -- I Tempest

Ulster Ravens 39

Doncaster Knights 7

Ulster Ravens, who had 11 senior experienced players in their starting line-up, were much too strong for Doncaster at a wet and windy Deramore Park, Belfast last night.

Ulster led at the break 18-7 and were 32-7 in front after six minutes of the restart.

Ulster -- P Nelson, M Allen, I Whitten, C Farrell, C Cochrane, P Jackson, B McIlroy, C Black, N Brady, A Macklin, T Barker, N McComb, A Birch, M McComish, R Diack.

Doncaster -- D McIlwaine, B Toft, F Burdon, PJ Gidlow, M Bateman, T Luke, L Audis, A Brown, J Yeandle, R Burke- Flynn, G Kenworthy, D Parsons, A Boyde, D Bradford, M Noone.

Esher v Leinster 'A'

Pillar Data Arena, 3.0

Jamie Hagan and Fionn Carr will get a reality check this afternoon as they face Esher in the British and Irish Cup .

This probably wasn't what the duo were dreaming about when they rejoined Leinster from Connacht as they find themselves playing on the outskirts of London instead of being front and centre in Montpellier.

Dominic Ryan skippers the side in a back-row that features Ciaran Ruddock and Leo Auva'a. Andrew Conway starts at full-back outside a host of his former Ireland U-20 team-mates such as John Cooney, Noel Reid, Brendan Macken and Darren Hudson.

LEINSTER 'A' -- A Conway; D Hudson, B Macken, C O'Shea, F Carr; N Reid, J Cooney; J O'Connell, A Dundon, J Hagan; S Sykes, M Flanagan; C Ruddock, D Ryan (Capt), L Auva'a. Reps: T Sexton, M Moore, B Marshall, C Gilsenan, L McGrath, C Marsh, D Riordan.

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