Navy Blue had seven clients in action for Leinster Rugby against Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday at the RDS. Centre Noel Reid and flanker Rhys Ruddock combined well in the first half to send second row Ross Molony over for his first Leinster try. Isa Nacewa, Leinster’s captain, converted Ross’ try as well as his side’s other three tries to kick four from four conversions. Tom Daly replaced Noel midway through the first half, and played a solid game with some strong defensive work. James Tracy started at hooker for Leinster and carried the ball well as did prop Andrew Porter when he came on for the last half an hour. Leinster won the game 28-15 and are second in the Guinness PRO12 table.
Fullback Andrew Conway scored his side’s only try as Munster beat Glasgow Warriors 16-15 in a tight game at Scostoun on Friday. Darren Sweetnam and Ronan O’Mahony both played the full 80 minutes, occupying both wings. Duncan Williams again appeared at scrumhalf and was replaced midway through the second half after a good performance. Ireland international John Ryan played 60 minutes at tighthead prop. Munster are top of the PRO12 standings.
Wing Matt Healy was due to make his return to the Connacht Rugby side on Saturday but had to pull out in the warm up with a knee injury. Sean O’Brien came off the bench after 58 minutes in what was a convincing 47-8 victory over Treviso. Connacht are eighth in the PRO12 standings after nine games.
Wasps beat Worcester Warriors 26-12 away from home to stay second in the Aviva Premiership. Marty Moore started the game at tighthead prop and played 50 minutes for Dai Young’s side. Wasps are just one point behind Saracens at the top of the table and take on Connacht this weekend.
Mark Flanagan was named as a replacement as Saracens went down 11-14 away to Bath Rugby. Saracens remain top of the Aviva Premiership after ten games.
Navy Blue’s James Coughlan played the full 80 minutes as Pau beat table-toppers Clermont 40-35 in an eventful game. Pau crossed for five tries to top Clermont’s four, and Pau move to 11th in the standings.
London Irish picked up another bonus point win away to Rotherham Titans to stay top of the Greene King IPA Championship standings. Jerry Sexton started the game at second row and played 52 minutes for Irish, who have achieved maximum points in all but one of their games this season.
London Scottish overcame Ealing Trailfinders 28-12 on Friday night in game that saw three Navy Blue clients involved. The Scots’ fullback Peter Lydon put in another very impressive all-round performance that included kicking seven penalties and one conversion, for a match total of 23 points. Danny Kenny again played open side flanker for the Scots while Willie Ryan occupied the blindside for Ealing Trailfinders who stay third in the Greene King IPA table while London Scottish jump to seventh.
Nick Timoney represented Ireland in the Dubai Invitational Sevens Tournament. Ireland won Pool B and made it to the semi-final of the Cup where they lost out 20-22 to The Royals.