Cooke march on with five tries despite red card
League leaders Blackrock remain unbeaten while newly-promoted side Cooke claimed a notable scalp on the road.
Templeville Road was the scene for a dramatic encounter between St Mary's and Ulster's newest side at the top table, Cooke. Managed by Irish Grand Slam winning star Grace Davitt, the Northern side showed much of their manager's steel and determination to seal a famous away win when forced to play a large part of the match with only 14 players.
The away team had the perfect start to their day in Dublin, scoring the opening try of the game after only 10 minutes, and they ended the first half in similar style with outhalf Eliza Downey converting her own try.
The real drama unfolded as Cooke's number seven was sent off and Mary's flyhalf sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes following a high tackle.
The home team made their numerical advantage pay to the tune of five points but Davitt herself scored a try which she also converted and with the last play of the game, Cooke's players hauled their weary bodies once more up the Dublin turf to make it a fifth try and a second conversion for Davitt. A bonus point victory in Dublin the reward for a fighting stand by the Northern team.
In Galway, the Halloween fun had to wait until after the serious business of the match against Railway Union was finished. A tight and intensely fought game, there was a just a single try in it at the end as the home team came out on top.
Two glorious sprints sent Old Belvedere on the way to victory at home to UL Bohemians yesterday. First Sharon Lynch stole the ball in a tackle and galloped 60m to score a try before Aine Donnelly intercepted the ball when UL had an overlap and were heading for a try, and she scampered 70m in the other direction to give her side a commanding lead.
Meanwhile, Blackrock made it five wins from as many games, claiming a 22-point victory away to Highfield. The unbeaten league leaders continued their sizzling early season form, this time emerging victorious from Woodleigh Park to remain the team to catch.