Friday 17 November 2017

Rugby In brief: Foley's riot act reignites A game

British & Irish Cup

Munster 'A' head coach Anthony Foley admits a half-time hairdryer was the catalyst behind their 21-point second-half comeback in a 21-12 victory at Neath, in south Wales.

The Red Army trailed to four Arwel Thomas penalties at the break before Peter O'Mahony and Tom Gleeson crossed to maintain Munster's 100pc winning run in this competition.

Foley said: "We came off second best in every position in the first half. We showed ill-discipline, we couldn't hold onto possession and keep getting pushed around the pitch.

"So there were some home truths at half-time. We asked the players some questions about the standards within this team and what is expected when they pull on the red jersey. I thought we got the right answer in the following 40 minutes."

Connacht Schools Sc

Gallen CS will bid to nail down a place in the final tomorrow after seeing off the challenge of the second most prolific winners at the weekend on a 10-0 scoreline.

The Ferbane school meet Sligo Grammar in the semi-final high in confidence after an impressive display against St Joseph's, Galway at Newcastle on Saturday.

Out-half Callum Boland scored all the points as Gallen CS bid to add to their sole success in 2004. Boland struck after 20 seconds when he charged down a kick to score under the posts, adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

St Joseph's were unable to get in for a score and Boland sealed the issue with a second-half penalty.

Munster Senior Cup

UCC caused a big upset when they qualified for the final by beating Shannon 21-16 in an exciting semi-final at Rosbrien on Saturday.

The Cork side last won the cup in 1981 and they await the outcome of the Cork Constitution-Young Munster semi-final.

Former Garryowen player, Andrew Burke kicked two penalties and a conversion for the winners who had tries by Niall Barry and Mike Lenihan with scrum-half Brian Slater dropping a goal. For under-strength Shannon, Dave Quinlan and Luke O'Shea scored tries with Mossy Lawler kicking two penalties.

Ulster schools Cup

An injury-time try gave Ballymena a flattering 11-10 victory over Friends' School in this quarter-final replay at Lisburn. Ballymena face the daunting task of playing Methodist College in the semi-final at Ravenhill on Thursday.

Friends' dominated the second half after trailing 6-0 to two Callum Patterson penalties but failed to fully convert their hard possession into points.

Craig Lewsley had a penalty and then Paddy Pringle touched down for Lewsley to convert. In the dying minutes, against a tiring home defence, Ballymena full-back Charlie Simpson set up Tom Patton for a match-clinching try.

The other semi-final between Belfast Royal Academy and Wallace High is at Ravenhill tomorrow afternoon.

Irish Independent

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