Saturday 24 February 2018

Malahide cruise in Div 1A

Leinster Club rugby

Leaders Malahide continued their high-scoring form with a 41-13 Clonattin (stock photo)
Leaders Malahide continued their high-scoring form with a 41-13 Clonattin (stock photo)

On a historic day for Irish rugby in Chicago, it was business as usual at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A last Saturday as both Malahide and Enniscorthy recorded bonus-point wins to set up a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash tomorrow week.

Leaders Malahide negotiated their tricky-looking visit to Gorey with aplomb, winning 41-13 at Clonattin having led 27-6 at the interval and scoring five tries to maintain their imposing high scoring rate.

Enniscorthy duly disposed of their visitors, bottom-of-the-table Monkstown on a 55-15 scoreline at Ross Road. The Wexford club ran in nine tries and had secured the bonus point at half-time by which point they led 24-10.

The north county Dubliners lead by a single point and will have the benefit of a week's rest ahead of their crucial league encounter, while Enniscorthy do battle in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Junior Cup tomorrow.

De La Salle Palmerston scored a last-minute converted try to eke out a priceless bonus-point 24-23 win in Dundalk to establish themselves as the clear third best team currently in the league.

After a slow start to the campaign Ashbourne are well and truly rolling as they won for the third time on the trot at Kilkenny and in the process moved up to fourth place. Leading 5-0 at the interval, the Co Meath side eventually ran out 13-0 winners with tries at the start of each half proving crucial.

Three Leinster League clubs are in All-Ireland Cup action tomorrow and all have been drawn at home in their quarter-final ties.

Holders Enniscorthy will be at home for the second round in succession against Ballyclare, the Antrim side having won away at Richmond to get this far.

De La Salle Palmerston welcome Galbally, conquerors of Gorey in the first round, to Kirwan Park tomorrow.

Ashbourne travelled to Westport and won 28-10 to commence their Junior Cup campaign and their reward is a home tie with Co Cork club Bandon who enjoyed victory away to Instonians last time out.

Wicklow have leapfrogged to the top in Division 1B of the Leinster League after a 44-7 home win in Ashtown Lane against third-placed Clondalkin following previous leaders Tullow's 30-11 away defeat to Coolmine in Ashbrook last Friday.

Wicklow will visit the west Dublin venue on Sunday, while Tullow are away in Kilcock taking on North Kildare.

Silken Thomas Park is the venue for the Division 2A top-of-the-table clash on Sunday when Cill Dara, 30-27 winners away to Railway Union last week, host their joint leaders Longford who are fresh off their 29-12 away win in Newbridge.

New Ross continue at the head of affairs in Division 2B after they won their derby clash at Wexford Wanderers 24-3 last weekend and they welcome third-placed Athy to Allianz Park on Sunday. Division 3 pacesetters are Midland Warriors after their 18-12 home win against RCSI Surgeons and on Sunday the Moate club travels to Swords.

Irish Independent

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