Saturday 16 December 2017

Hodson helps Cork Con take bonus and floor Old Belvedere

Ned Hodson, Cork Constitution. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / Sportsfile
Ned Hodson, Cork Constitution. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork Constitution continued their strong start to 2016 with a 32-0 bonus-point win over a disappointing Old Belvedere side at Temple Hill.

Brian Hickey's men picked up five valuable Ulster Bank League points for the second week running, with centre Ned Hodson dotting down in each half. It was a confidence-boosting result ahead of next Saturday's Bateman Cup semi-final trip to Division 1A leaders UCD.

It was business as usual at the Belfield Bowl where UCD swept Garryowen aside in a 45-19 bonus-point triumph.

With Leinster young guns Ross Byrne and Nick McCarthy directing operations from half-back, the students pushed seven points clear at the summit. Wingers Adam Byrne and Barry Daly, and flanker Dan Leavy all scored braces, while full-back Billy Dardis finished off the seventh and final try.

Ballynahinch's second victory in three league outings has boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the top flight. Converted second-half tries from Blane McIlroy, Aaron Cairns and Conor Joyce saw them beat a flat Galwegians team 33-16 on a heavy pitch at Ballymacarn Park.

Fourteen-point ace Scott Deasy played the captain's role to a tee as his late penalty guided Lansdowne to a gritty 19-18 victory over play-off rivals Clontarf at Castle Avenue.

Meanwhile, South African scrum-half Abrie Griesel pounced on a loose scrum ball for the only try of a closely-fought encounter as Young Munster got back to winning ways - 14-6 - at home to struggling Terenure College.

At the 11th time of asking, Belfast Harlequins opened their win account in Division 1B as they pipped Blackrock College 12-10 at Deramore Park. Ireland U-20 international Jacob Stockdale scored the match-winning try 10 minutes from the end.

Shannon celebrated David O'Donovan's 200th All-Ireland League appearance in style as they defeated Munster rivals Dolphin 13-3 at Irish Independent Park. O'Donovan, in his 16th year at senior level, lined out on the left wing for the visitors as he set a new caps milestone. His wing colleague Greg O'Shea ran in the game's only try, set up by flying full-back Stephen Fitzgerald.

Another provincial Academy talent, Connacht's Conor McKeon, kicked 13 points as Buccaneers triumphed 23-22 at College Park to end Dublin University's seven-match unbeaten run.

Tries from Ryan O'Loughlin, Ivan Dineen and Steve Toal-Lennon did the damage for Division 1B leaders St Mary's as they overcame rivals Old Wesley on a 20-14 scoreline. But Ballymena remain just two points behind Mary's after edging out UL Bohemians 17-15 at Annacotty, their third and final try coming from Ulster-capped back rower Stephen Mulholland.

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