Thursday 22 March 2018

Risdon brace helps Old Belvedere stay second

AIL Round-up

Kieran Rooney

OLD BELVEDERE produced the performance of the day to overwhelm Young Munster 31-0 at Tom Clifford Park and stay in second spot behind Cork Constitution in the Division 1A table.

Once again, their outstanding back row did most of the damage, with Jason Risdon getting two of their tries and Leo Auva'a securing the other. The remainder of their points came from the boot of Conal Keane with four penalties and a conversion, and a conversion from Andy Dunne.

St Mary's have gone third following their hard-earned 10-9 away success over Dolphin at Musgrave Park. This was in complete contrast to their 53-point victory over Shannon the previous weekend.

The only try of the game was scored by St Mary's substitute David Campbell after a break from scrum-half Matt D'Arcy.

In what was a particularly good day for the Dublin clubs against Limerick opposition, Blackrock accounted for Garryowen 16-11 at Stradbrook to move off bottom of the table.

The vital try was scored late on by the hosts' substitute Alex Dunlop.

But Garryowen will be very disappointed, having led 11-6 and thrown everything at Blackrock in the closing stages.

Buccaneers have moved level with Clontarf at the top of Division 1B following their 45-15 hammering of UCC at Dubarry Park. The Connacht outfit really came good in a second half during which they crossed for five tries, with Kolo Kiripati and Brian Tuohy getting two each.

At Stevenson Park, Clontarf went down to a surprise first defeat.

They had no answer to Paddy Jackson who accounted for 20 of Dungannon's 30 points with a try, three penalties and three conversions.

Home advantage undoubtedly sees Lansdowne at their best. Having scored 61 points on their last outing on the back pitch at the Avivia Stadium, they trounced Galwegians 45-14, scoring five tries, to move into third spot.

In the remaining game, Bruff edged out UL Bohemian 14-13 in the Limerick derby at Killballyowen. Intriguingly, the three Cahill brothers -- Brian, Eoin and Tony -- all contributed scores for Bruff.

Irish Independent

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