Sunday 22 April 2018

O'Mahony hat-trick helps Garryowen snap up bonus

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FLANKER Barry O'Mahony scored a hat-trick of tries to help Garryowen beat Old Belvedere 34-15 at Dooradoyle.

The Limerick side also picked up a bonus point with Conan Doyle getting a fourth try.

Jamie Gavin was responsible for the remainder of the points with four conversions and two penalties. The win leaves the Limerick outfit just a point behind league leaders Lansdowne.

Young Munster drop to third following a late 21-20 defeat by Cork Constitution at Temple Hill. Cork Con snatched victory in injury-time when Johnny Holland converted Ivan Dineen's try -- his second of the match -- from near the touchline.

Earlier, Brian Haugh had kicked his fifth penalty of the game to give Young Munster their advantage going into the closing stages.

Dolphin go fourth after beating bottom-of-the-table Shannon 31-13 in Coonagh. The ever-reliable Brendan Keeshan was in excellent form with the boot, landing three penalties, a drop goal and two conversions.

Rob O'Herlihy and Christy Condon crossed for tries, while there was also a penalty try.

Shannon have now conceded 115 points in losing their three games.

The prolific Malone team head Division 1B after trouncing Bruff 46-3 at Gibson Park, where they scored six tries in overwhelming their Limerick opposition.

Dublin University moved into second spot after defeating Ballymena 25-11 at College Park. They have won their opening three games -- as have Ballynahinch, who recorded a fine 24-13 win over the previously unbeaten UCD at Belfield.

Elsewhere, Dungannon and Belfast Harlequins managed first victories. Dungannon defeated Buccaneers 26-12 away, while Belfast Harlequins got the better of Blackrock College 27-19 at home.

Blackrock are struggling badly since their relegation from Division 1A. They have now lost all three of their games and lie at the bottom of the table alongside Ballymena.

Banbridge lead the way in Division 2A thanks to their 48-19 win over Highfield, while Terenure and Corinthians maintained their 100pc record with wins over Queens and Cashel respectively.

Naas and Rainey kept pace with Division 2B leaders Navan with wins over Skerries and Sunday's Well.

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