Daly try wraps it up for Students
AIL DIVISION 1A
AIL DIVISION 1A and DIVISION 1B
AIL DIVISION 1A
Eye-catching tries from Sam Coghlan-Murray and Barry Daly were of massive importance on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch yesterday, as UCD made a winning return to life in the top-flight with a deserved success over reigning champions Lansdowne.
Three excellent place-kick efforts from James Thornton gave Collidge an eight-point hold over their opponents and a terrific Barry Daly five-pointer effectively put the game beyond Lansdowne's reach.
ST MARY’S 18
YOUNG MUNSTER 26
An 18-point contribution from the boot of Brian Haugh proved decisive at Templeville Road, as Young Munster emerged with an impressive win over St Mary's College.
Gavin Dunne's penalty and a try by Colm McMahon brought Mary's right back into it 56 minutes in, but the dismissal of McMahon on a second yellow card seven minutes later was a hammer blow for Mary's, and a try from Hugh McGrath killed them off.
Runners-up last season, Garryowen, suffered a hefty defeat at the hands of Dolphin at Dooradoyle.
It was a well-deserved bonus-try win for the Cork side. Dolphin led 11-7 at the interval and two penalties by Jamie Gavin nudged the home side in front after 48 minutes but a great try by replacement James Kiernan and a penalty try helped Dolphin to the win.
OLD BELVEDERE 24
Old Belvedere recovered from a slow start against Clontarf to begin their season with a hard-fought win at Anglesea Road yesterday.
Sean Byrne and John Kennedy tries got Belvdere back into it, and in the final stages of the game Tom Byrne was controversially sent to the bin for Clontarf, with Josh Glynn's successful penalty swinging it for the hosts.
CORK CON 24
Ballynahinch's failed to get a dream start in their first venture into 1A.
They couldn't cope with the faster pace and superior defence. Too many basic home errors in the second half allowed Cork to dominate and it was a baptism of fire for 'Hinch.
Demoted last season, Shannon, couldn't make a winning start as Blackrock proved best at Thomond Park. Shannon levelled it at 16-16 in the second half but a late try by Sam Cookes gave 'Rock the win.
TERENURE COLLEGE 36
UL BOHEMIAN 9
Six outstanding tries helped Terenure to victory against an overwhelmed UL Bohemians. Willie Staunton dictated play and there was only ever going to be one winner.
BELFAST HARLEQUINS 21
Buccaneers deserved their bonus point as they proved much too strong for Quins at Deramore Park. The visitors looked dangerous for much of the encounter and with a reliable kicker in Jack Carty, they took the victory.
A serious ankle injury to Dungannon full-back Mark O'Shea held this game up for 30 minutes at Gibson Park.
There was little between the teams for most of the clash although Malone had a late converted try to give them a warranted success.
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 7
A fabulous 15-point haul from No 10 Sean O'Hagan was pivotal at Sydney Parade yesterday, as Corinthians emerged from Dublin University's new home with a total of 18 points to spare.