Thursday 19 April 2018

Provinces make heavy work of Cup weekend

Barry Daly of Leinster A is tackled by Charlie Thacker of Nottingham Rugby Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Barry Daly of Leinster A is tackled by Charlie Thacker of Nottingham Rugby Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

It was a weekend to forget for the provinces in the British and Irish Cup, as Leinster A, the Connacht Eagles and Ulster A all suffered defeat.

The Connacht Eagles endured a difficult day at the Madejski Stadium away to London Irish, who ran out comfortable 34-3 winners.

The Exiles had all but wrapped up matters by the interval thanks to tries from Harry Elrington, Jason Harris-Wright and Ollie Hoskins, while Conor McKeon's penalty was all the visitors had to show for their efforts.

Even with Senitiki Nayalo and Tom Parton in the bin thereafter, the Eagles were unable to manufacture another score.

Parton went over to secure the bonus point for the Londoners, before Joe Cokanasiga touched down.

Leinster A left Donnybrook disappointed after being outscored by four tries to three by Nottingham as the Championship side recorded a 29-21 bonus-point victory.

Tries from Darryl Veenendaal, Pat Cilliers and Vili Hakalo helped the visitors to a 22-7 lead at the interval, though the nature Barry Daly's converted try for the Blues will have pleased Hugh Hogan.

Leinster were down to 14 men straight after the restart, when replacement Max Deegan was yellow-carded.

Jimmy Stevens touched down for Nottingham before Daly added his second, while Deegan's try proved too little too late for the hosts.

Ulster A and London Scottish conjured a nine-try shootout for those in attendance at the Athletic Grounds, but it was the Exiles who secured a 34-29 win.

London Scottish got off to a flier with centre Alec Coombes bagging a brace of tries inside eight minutes, but Ulster responded through Rob Lyttle and Lorcan Dow.

Robbie Fergusson's try re-established the Londoners' lead before John Andrew scored for Ulster. Andrew touched down again after the break but further scores by John Andrew and Fergusson proved decisive.

Irish Independent

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