Sunday 25 March 2018

Minihan turns on the style for Munster

Munster youths overcame Connacht in a trial game played in tough conditions at the University of Limerick.

Both teams struggled to get to grips with the wet and windy conditions, which was reflected by a number of handling errors. Connacht missed two penalties that would have put them into an early lead.

The game finally came to life after a quarter of an hour when Munster scored three tries in a rampant 10-minute spell. Scores from David Kavanagh and Karl Clifford were followed by the try of the game from scrum-half Ryan Minihan.

Minihan was a livewire throughout the game and picked up the ball from the base of the ruck before beating three defenders on his way to touching down under the posts. Both coaches made plenty of changes throughout, with the game being divided into three separate 30-minute periods.

Connacht's Matthew Cosgrave struck an early penalty in the second period, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Both sides battled hard, but in the end Munster ran out easy winners.

Munster Youths - J O'Connor; K Coughlan, J White, D Fanning, A Power; D Kavanagh, R Minihan; P Poillot, D Power, K O'Riordon; S O'Leary; R Walsh, A Dunne, K Clifford.

Connacht Youths – N Conway; J Vahy, P Flannery, T Dawson, K Joyce; P Murphy, C Cosgrove; T Moran, N Higgins, C O'Donnell; M O'Toole, N Walker; D Byrne, J Conway, A Wootton.

Ref – J Adams (MAR)

Irish Independent

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