Monday 22 January 2018

McNamara takes Cup bid to max

Leinster 'A' 29 Cardiff Blues Select 10

Conor O'Brien of Leinster A is tackled by Sion Bennett, left, and Osian Davis of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile
Conor O'Brien of Leinster A is tackled by Sion Bennett, left, and Osian Davis of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile

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It could just be that Noel McNamara is the best-kept secret in Irish rugby. The man from Clare is the new Ireland U-20 coach and is also in charge of Leinster's British & Irish Cup shadow side which has maximum points in Pool Two after their fourth try in the last minute at Donnybrook on Saturday evening.

The business of winning must co-exist with, or even give way to, the importance of development when it comes to this competition for Leinster.

Óisin Dowling of Leinster A in action against Shane Lewis-Hughes of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile
Óisin Dowling of Leinster A in action against Shane Lewis-Hughes of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile

"I am not sure they have to be mutually exclusive," said McNamara. "It is certainly about development for us and it is fantastic to see the mix out there from sub-Academy all the way up to the likes of Ross Molony and Ed Byrne, who have both captained the Leinster senior side."

Leinster climbed 17 points clear through a penalty try and a second from Ireland U-20 centre Ciarán Frawley, who also place-kicked.

Hooker Bryan Byrne and Molony, in the last minute, hammered out further tries to make it 10 points out of 10 from the opening two rounds.

"We want to be as competitive as we possibly can be and our target is to do well in this competition," said McNamara.

Peadar Timmins of Leinster A is tackled by Sean Moore of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile
Peadar Timmins of Leinster A is tackled by Sean Moore of Cardiff Blues Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster - J Larmour; M Silvester, C O'Brien (C Dean 64), C Frawley, T O'Brien (H O'Sullivan 74); C Marsh, N McCarthy (C Rock 69); P Dooley (E Byrne h-t), B Byrne, V Abdaladze (J Loughman 61), M Kearney, R Molony (capt), Josh Murphy, R Dunne (O Dowling 50), P Timmins.
Cardiff - L Rowlands; D Stuckey (D Blacker 64), H Millard (M Llewellyn 69), O Lane, K Evans; B Jones, L Jones (B Thomas 56); R Carre, K Myhill (J Page 73), W Davies-King (T Mably 71), S Moore, B Murphy, S Lewis-Hughes (H Barnes 67), O Davies (M Sieniawski 54), S Bennett (capt).
Ref - K Dickson (England)

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