Monday 23 April 2018

Naas and Boyne must do it again after stalemate

Four of the five remaining Leinster Branch competitions drew to a close last week but a 23-23 draw in an exciting Anderson Cup final between Naas and Boyne played at Navan Rugby Club's grounds in Balreask Old on Sunday has delayed the presentation of the last pennant of the season.

Old Belvedere beat the holders Wanderers 29-14 in the final of the Winters Cup at Templeville Road last Tuesday week to complete a league and cup double, having earlier in the year won Division 7 of the Metro League.

Two nights later it was Cill Dara's turn to pick up some Branch silverware when their second XV beat their Gorey counterparts 17-10 in the final of the Provincial Seconds Plate at County Carlow Football Club's grounds in Oak Park.

One of the highlights on the domestic season is the final of the U-20 McCorry Cup when some of the province and country's brightest young talents are on display and a week ago Terenure College edged out Lansdowne 10-9 in a titanic struggle at Donnybrook to lift the famous trophy for the very first time.

At the same age grade last Saturday afternoon the sleeping giant that is Mullingar took a giant step to rekindling former glories when they beat Gorey 20-13 after extra-time to win the Gale Cup at Forenaughts, the home of Naas RFC.

Extra-time failed to separate Naas and Boyne third XV's on Sunday in Navan and the teams will return to Navan for the Anderson Cup final replay tomorrow evening at 6.30.

Tomorrow, Leinster have a chance to regain the Junior Interprovincial title when they travel to Dromore in Co Down to play Ulster.

Leinster have won their first two games, following up their opening 13-8 victory against Munster at Wexford Wanderers grounds at Park Lane with a comprehensive bonus point 28-0 triumph over Connacht in Ballinasloe last Saturday.

A first-half try from Kilkenny winger Killian Everard and eight points from the boot of Monkstown Bill Duggan put the eastern province 13-0 ahead at the break. Coolmine flanker Dave Gilchrist, Newbridge centre Ben Swindlehurst and Cill Dara's Conor McCormack, on as a replacement prop forward, scored the second-half tries that helped deliver maximum points.

Munster beat Ulster 10-9 in Youghal and there is a three-point gap at the top for Leinster but, based on points difference, they will most likely need to make it a clean sweep of victories tomorrow if they are to reclaim the trophy for the first time since they completed three in a row in 2010.

Junior Interprovincial Table

Team P W D L F A B P

Leinster 2 2 0 0 41 8 1 9

Ulster 2 1 0 1 71 16 2 6

Munster 2 1 0 1 18 22 1 5

Connacht 2 0 0 2 6 90 0 0

FIXTURES

Tomorrow: Anderson Cup (Provincial J3):

Naas v Boyne , at Navan RFC, 6:30 PM Final - Replay;

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