Young Munster to appeal IRFU sanctions for Dolphin no-show
YOUNG MUNSTER are to appeal the IRFU's decision to dock the club two points for failing to fulfil their league game with Dolphin on February 1.
The decision comes after Young Munster contacted the IRFU on their way to the game to inform them that their bus driver refused to drive to Cork because of dangerously high winds.
But Bus Eireann, who are Young Munster's club sponsors, confirmed that all of their bus services between Cork and Limerick ran on the day of the game.
The IRFU's Ulster Bank League committee have ruled that the four match points will be awarded to Dolphin, while Young Munster will lose two points and pay a fine of €2,500, which is believed will be paid to Dolphin in compensation, pending the outcome of the appeal.
Meanwhile, the Cookies put their off-the-field troubles to one side when they brilliantly fought back from 21-3 down to stun Lansdowne at Tom Clifford Park on Saturday.
Barry Gibbons' try in the final minute of the game was converted by Munster academy scrum-half Brian Haugh to secure a 24-21 victory.
Clontarf responded to their surprise defeat by Cork Constitution with a nine-try 59-7 hammering of Dolphin at Castle Avenue.
Given that Dolphin had beaten Cork Con in their most recent outing, this should have been a reasonably tough test for Clontarf. But the league leaders absolutely blew Dolphin away.
The visitors found themselves on the back foot from the kick-off. They were 26-0 down at half-time, by which stage Clontarf had crossed for four tries to secure the bonus point. Left-wing Max McFarland showed real pace to complete his hat-trick in the second half.
Clontarf now lead the table by a point from Old Belvedere with six series of games remaining in what is very definitely a two-horse race.
Old Belvedere stayed in the hunt by beating Cork Con 26-24 at Temple Hill.
Unbeaten Terenure College continue to dominate Division 1B. Their latest success saw them score four ties in defeating Malone 28-15 at Gibson Park.
Star Man: Max McFarland (Clontarf)
A brilliant hat-trick from the flying left-winger ensured that Clontarf maintained their place at the top of the Division 1A table.
One to watch: Jack Carty (Buccaneers)
The young Connacht fly-half is a real prospect and he was in fine form for his club on Saturday as he scored an impressive 14 points in Buccaneers' 29-10 bonus-point victory over Shannon in Limerick.
Points notched up across all five games in what was a particularly high-scoring weekend in Division 1A.