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Danny Riordan

Ireland Club XV completed a clean sweep of victories over Scottish sides after this comfortable win at a wet Temple Hill.

The game survived two pitch inspections and, despite surface water in areas, referee Nick Cockburn gave the game the go ahead half an hour before kick off.

Thankfully, the heavy rain that had fallen in Cork all day stopped just as the game started and the crowd enjoyed a good start by the Irish side.

Danny Riordan ran in from 25 yards out to score his sides opening try in the 14th minute. David Joyce missed the conversion, but landed a penalty minutes later and also converted a second Riordan try to leave Ireland 15-0 in front.

The visitors got on the scoreboard with a Peter Jericevich penalty but Joyce replied to leave Ireland 18-3 in front at the break. Home favourite and captain Gerry Hurley scored his side's third try after the restart before Declan Lavery touched down the fourth.

IRELAND – D Riordan (Old Belvedere),C Aherne (Lansdowne), S Morrow (Ballynahinch), M Roche (Lansdowne), M McGrath (Clontarf); D Joyce (Clontarf),G Hurley (Cork Constitution); C McMahon (St Marys), Tyrone Moran (Lansdowne), C Condon (Dolphin); D Moore (Old Belvedere), F Walsh (Terenure); W Earle (Lansdowne),C Butterworth (Lansdowne),W Ryan (Cork Constitution). Reps: A O'Driscoll (Cork Con),I Hirst (Clontarf) and D Lavery (Old Belvedere)for McMahon,Moran and Condon (all 53),S Walsh (Cashel)for Moore, B Daly (UCD) for Aherne, R McMaster (Queens) for Riordan,N Cronin (Garryowen) for Hurley, J Ryan (Cork Con) for W Ryan (all second half).

Ref – N Cockburn (IRFU)

Irish Independent