Kingsley kicks Mary's to touch
YOUNG Munster occupy second place in Division 1A, a point behind Cork Constitution, following their hard-earned 15-9 success over St Mary's at Tom Clifford Park.
Once again, Alan Kingsley was the key figure. Now playing at scrum-half because of the long-term injury to Mike Prendergast, Kingsley landed four penalties and a drop-goal.
His winning kick came just three minutes from the end. St Mary's, now bottom, had two penalties from Gavin Dunne and one from Ian McKinley.
Elsewhere, Blackrock went to Musgrave Park and defeated Dolphin 21-16, scoring two tries to Dolphin's one in the process. Wing Andrew Conway secured the first after a terrific 60-metre run and the second came from second-row Paul Graham in response to Eric Moloney's touchdown for the hosts.
In Division 1B, Lansdowne ran riot to beat UCC 61-13 at the Aviva Stadium. Clontarf stay at the top of the table after beating Galwegians 33-11 at Crowley Park.
Buccaneers are in second after travelling to Kilballyowen Park to secure an impressive 26-18 victory over Bruff. UL Bohs, meanwhile, got their season going by beating Dungannon 23-19 at Stevenson Park.
Ulster clubs lead the way at the top of Division 2 as Ballynahinch, Malone and Ballymena clinched successive bonus-point wins on Saturday.
Ballynahinch won 45-10 against Terenure, Malone beat Trinity 29-27 and Ballymena saw off Old Crescent 31-3. A fine bonus-point away win over Queens means UCD follow in fourth, while Bective beat Old Wesley 12-5 to remain unbeaten. Corinthians impressed in Clonakilty with a 36-14 win, De La Salle beat Belfast Harlequins 12-9 and Midleton won in Thomond 23-10.
In Division 3, City of Derry hammered Suttonians 68-28 at Judge's Road. Wins for Sunday's Well at Navan (28-5), new boys Seapoint over Wanderers (26-15) and Instonians over Nenagh Ormond (31-23) see them sit on nine points. Naas remain unbeaten after beating Rainey 25-19, Banbridge beat Connemara 51-10, Greystones saw off Barnhall 29-6 and Highfield beat Ards 25-20.