Sunday 25 August 2019

Neville's girls run riot in Mullingar as they claim a hat-trick of wins

The Leinster Rugby Under-18 Girls had a clean sweep last weekend at the IRFU Interprovincial 7s Series in Mullingar RFC, with three wins from three. (stock photo)
The Leinster Rugby Under-18 Girls had a clean sweep last weekend at the IRFU Interprovincial 7s Series in Mullingar RFC, with three wins from three. (stock photo)
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The Leinster Rugby Under-18 Girls had a clean sweep last weekend at the IRFU Interprovincial 7s Series in Mullingar RFC, with three wins from three.

Leinster head coach Niall Neville and manager Jackie Flatley arrived in Mullingar keen to finish the series on a strong note with a young and relatively new squad, which also included three Sevens debutantes - Leah Reilly, Beth Roberts and Aoife Wafer.

Munster provided the opposition first up and they secured a 14-10 win after tries from Emma Kelly and Vicky Elmes Kinlan. It was Connacht next and Leinster knew they would have to step up their game and this they did winning 27-7, with tries from Lily Moran (two), Kinlan, Kelly and Wafer.

Leinster were then pitted against Ulster (the only side to defeat them in this 7s season) and it had the feel of a grand final.

In a low-scoring, fast, breathless, end-to-end affair, both the Leinster and Ulster girls gave everything they had left in the tank.

It wasn't until the final play of the first half that the deadlock would be broken. Lauren Patterson seized her moment and outstripped the Ulster defence to score.

The second half was only a minute old when Leinster once again produced the goods and it was Kinlan who completed her hat-trick of tries for the day to give Leinster a 10-0 win.

Neville was delighted with the effort and performance from every one of his squad.

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