Glynn helps Belvedere secure bonus point
OLD BELVEDERE overcame the handicap of playing most of the second half with 14 men to record a crucial 34-12 bonus-point victory over Young Munster at Anglesea Road on Saturday.
The win, which extends Old Belvedere's lead over Clontarf to four points at the top of the Division 1A table, was achieved after No 8 Jack Conan was shown a red card by referee George Clancy for a spear tackle on Young Munster captain Ger Slattery.
Ahead 20-12 at the time, Old Belvedere seemed certain to come under considerable pressure to hold on to their advantage. Remarkably, their 14 men withstood the storm and then scored two late tries through captain Danny Riordan and Josh Glynn to secure an unlikely bonus point.
Glynn brought his personal tally to 19 points by landing both conversions. Earlier, he had kicked two penalties and converted tries from centre John Kennedy and Conan. Young Munster had tries from their No 8 Sean Rennison and prop Alan Cotter.
Clontarf, who have a game in hand, also recorded a useful victory, defeating St Mary's College 25-6 at Templeville Road. But crucially they failed to secure the bonus point. Max McFarland and Michael McGrath crossed for tries, along with Bryan Byrne, while the remainder of their points came from the boot of David Joyce.
Elsewhere, Lansdowne managed six tries, two coming from wing Cian Aherne, to defeat Ballynahinch 41-26 while Andrew O'Byrne's four penalties enabled Garryowen get the better of Cork Constitution 12-8 at Dooradoyle.
Garryowen have drawn level on 17 points with Ballynahinch in the battle to avoid automatic relegation.
In Division 1B, it is just a matter of time before Terenure College are crowned champions. They moved 16 points clear by beating Dublin University 22-17. Saturday's other games saw UL Bohemian edge out Shannon 16-15, Malone beat Belfast Harlequins 25-14 and Dungannon and Blackrock College draw 27-27.