Monday 19 March 2018

Leinster on march

Leinster 'A' 25
Plymouth Albion
British and Irish Cup

LEINSTER 'A' sealed their second successive victory in the British and Irish Cup when defeating Plymouth Albion at Greystones on Saturday.

In a re-fixed clash after a floodlight failure in Skerries on Friday, Stephen Keogh got the hosts off the mark with a first-half try, with out-half Ian McKinley adding the conversion. The impressive Eoin Sheriff delivered another try and Leinster were in the ascendancy. Academy scrum-half John Cooney and Michael Keating each crossed, with McKinley chipping in with a penalty.

Albion had several Leinster men in their ranks and it was ex-St Mary's lock Robin Copeland who crossed for their only try late on, with Mark Lee kicking the rest of their points.

LEINSTER - N Morris; S Coghlan Murray (Michael Sherlock 78), B Macken (D Hudson 46), N Reid, M Keating; I McKinley, J Cooney (P du Toit 78); J McGrath, A Dundon (D Doyle 61), S Maguire (B Prescott 58); E Sheriff (M Flanagan 78), E O'Donoghue; R Ruddock, J Murphy, S Keogh (B Marshall 78).

PLYMOUTH ALBION -- M Lee; F McLoughlin, C Mitchell, S Johns, J Coleman; K Hallett, R Cusion; D Morton, G O'Meara, R Hopkins; D Collier, SM Stephens; W Sprangle, S Matavesi, A Carpenter.

Ref -- N Hennessy (WRU).

Melrose 14
Munster 'A' 47

Munster 'A' will go into Pool B match against Bristol this weekend with their confidence lifted on the back of a substantial win against Melrose at the Greenyards on Saturday.

It will be a harder match for Munster 'A' this weekend, although the hosts did field Edinburgh No 8 Netani Talei. Melrose held Munster to a 14-14 scoreline at the break, but thereafter professional pace, skill and sheer physicality consigned Melrose to desperate defenders as Munster 'A' turned on the style.

"The first half was a dogfight," said Munster 'A' coach Anthony Foley. "Melrose tried to dominate up front, but in fairness to our young lads, we stuck at it."

Melrose -- F Thomson (C Shaw 60); C Anderson, J Murray, J Helps (C Jackson 69), D McColl; S Wight, R Chrystie (S McCormick 63); N Little, G Innes (R Ferguson 76), N Beavon (G Holborn 19), G Dodds (H Mitchell 70), G Elder (R Miller 52) , J Dalziel, G Runciman, N Talei.

Munster 'A' -- S Deasy; D Barnes (S Scanlon 64), T Gleeson, I Dineen (T Smith 50), B Murphy; D Cusack, C Murray (C Sheridan 74); David Ryan (S Archer 60), S Henry (D Casey 74), P Borlase, B Holland (D Foley 50), Donnacha Ryan, D O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell (K Essex 55), P Butler.

Ref -- I Tempest (RFU).

Bedford Blues 36
Ulster Ravens 22

A SECOND-half surge that saw Bedford score three tries in less than 10 minutes handed the English side the spoils against Ulster at Goldington Road on Saturday.

The Ravens' preparation was less than ideal as a tummy bug hit the squad, meaning both Robbie Diack and Jamie Smith stayed in Belfast in case cover was required for Ulster, who played Bath in the Heineken Cup.

However, the Ravens started brightly in front of over 2,000 people and led 17-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Niall Annett and Scott Lavalla. Both efforts were converted by out-half Patrick Jackson, who also added a penalty.

Then the Blues found their form to all but end the contest but there was a late consolation when Jonny Shiels touched down.

Bedford Blues -- J Pritchard (capt); H Schmidt, B Burke (O Dodge 49), T Bedford, D Taylor; J Sharp (N Walshe 76), W Chudley (D Veenendaal 66); L Ovens, C Locke (Clark 56), P Boulton (R Boot 56), S Tomes (M Howard 49), A Rae, G Gillanders, W Fraser, C Goodman (P Tupai 66).

Ulster Ravens -- J Smith; C Gilroy, M Allen, L Marshall, T Seymour; P Jackson, I Porter; C Carey, N Annett, D Fitzpatrick, N McComb, R Caldwell, TJ Anderson (capt), A Birch, R Diack.

Ref -- S Brickell (Wales).

Irish Independent

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