A win for Young Munster was imperative if they were to keep alive their hopes of a place in the play-offs. They got it in Stradbrook yesterday afternoon after a bruising encounter, but only just.
Munsters' scrum-half Alan Kingsley struck a penalty after five minutes when Rock failed to release at the ruck. Darragh FitzPatrick hit back with a penalty, but Munsters kept their discipline and on 19 minutes Matthew Costelloe crossed over.
Fitzpatrick drew Rock back with a penalty and 10 minutes into the second half Rob Keogh edged them in front when he crossed over. But Kingsley's 54th-minute penalty was enough to see Munsters through on a day they had to work for everything.
Scorers -- Blackrock College: D Fitzpatrick 2 pens, R Keogh try. Young Munster: A Kingsley 2 pens, con; M Costelloe try.
Cork Constitution 23
Leaders Cork Constitution staged a dramatic second-half comeback to take the points.
Dolphin got off to a great start with a Barry Keeshan penalty. John Quill got in for a try which Keeshan converted and then the Dolphin No 10 landed a drop-goal from the halfway line for a 13-0 lead.
Gerry Hurley opened the visitors' account with a penalty eight minutes before the break. A try from Frank Cogan, which Gerry Hurley converted, three minutes into the second half closed the gap.
Two minutes later Sean Scanlon got in for a try. A second try from Cogan and a Hurley penalty made it 23-13 and Keeshan landed a penalty on 60 minutes to leave a score between them.
Scorers -- Dolphin: J Quill try, B Keeshan 2 pens, drp gl, con. Cork Constitution: F Cogan 2 tries, S Scanlon try, G Hurley 2 pens, con.
Old Belvedere 30
Old Belvedere had a rare victory against Shannon in Limerick. Ben Woods and Dave Morton had Belvo tries inside 10 minutes before Paul Rowley went over for a Shannon try.
Conal Keane increased the visitors' lead with a penalty and John Kavanagh made it 22-5 after 30 minutes.
Keane dominated exchanges from the out-half position for the visitors, who had other tries by Danny Riordan and John Kennedy while Keane also scored a try and added 10 points with the boot.
Scorers -- Shannon: P Rowley, K Griffin try each, M Lawlor 2 pens, 1 con; Old Belvedere: C Keane try, 2 pens, 2 cons, D Riordan, J Kennedy, B woods tries.
St Mary's College 39
Garryowen tumbled to another defeat at Dooradoyle as St Mary's College romped to a bonus-point win.
Mark Sexton, Richard Sweeney, Danny Hall, Ronan Doherty and Darren Hudson scored tries in what was a very poor effort by Garryowen.
Scorers -- Garryowen: A Kavanagh, S Buckley try each, A Gaughan 1 pen, 1 con; St Mary's: M Sexton, R Sweeney, D Hall, R Doherty, D Hudson try each, G Dunne 2 pens, 4 cons.
Clontarf had to rely on a last-minute conversion to snatch victory, despite a 10-0 interval lead.
Johnny Holland brought the students back into it with a try and a conversion. A penalty from Andrew Burke had the sides level.
College went ahead with a try from Andy O'Leary but a try by Michael McGrath in the final minute which Martin Dufficy converted maintained the Dublin side's lead at the top.
Scorers -- UCC: Johnny Holland, A O'Leary try each, A Burke con, pen. Clontarf: S Cronin, M McGrath try each, N Reid con, pen; M Dufficy con.
UL BOHEMIAN 18
Buccaneers suffered their second consecutive defeat.
A Sean Rennison try converted by Ed Torrie put the Limerick side ahead. Callum Boland and Darren Moroney then exchanged tries to leave the visitors ahead at half time 12-8. Two more Torrie penalties stretched the Limerick lead as a late penalty from David Connellan was Bucanneers' only score of the second half.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: Boland try, Kennedy, Connellan pens. UL Bohemian: Rennison, Moroney try each; Torrie 2 pens, con.
LANSDOWNE's pursuit of promotion continued with a bonus-point victory.
Matt Healy and Ciaran O'Boyle were on the double for the hosts who were comfortable all afternoon, despite Conor Gaston's try for the Ulster side.
Scorers -- Lansdowne: M Healy, C O'Boyle 2 tries each, G Stafford try, E Hickey 2 pens, 4 cons. Dungannon: C Gaston try, M Lawlor pen, con.
Galwegians surprised Bruff at Killballyowen but it was a try in stoppage-time by Brian Murphy which sealed an unlikely win as Bruff led with five minutes remaining.
Brendan Deady had an 11th-minute try for Bruff but two penalties by Tadhg Leader had Wegians in front. Tony Cahill had a Bruff penalty but Galwegians were awarded a penalty try which Leader converted.
John Shine's Bruff try after 74 minutes was converted by Tony Cahill but late tries by Tiernan O'Halloran and Brian Murphy clinched it for Bruff.
Scorers --Bruff: B Deady, J Shine, try each, T Cahill 1 pen, 1 con; Galwegians: T O'Halloran, B Murphy try each, pen try, T Leader 2 pens, 2 cons
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