On Wednesday night Navy Blue Sports hosted the Gore & Grimes Isa Nacewa Testimonial Dinner in The Round Room at The Mansion House. A huge number of Isa’s former team-mates along with Isa’s loyal supporters came out to celebrate the Leinster Legends career. The night was also an opportunity to raise money for two charities close to Isa’s heart The LauraLynn Hospice and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The evening began with a drinks reception supported by Heineken. The wonderful Darragh Maloney was MC for the evening & he kept the crowd entertained throughout. There was a fantastic interview with the man himself, Isa, about his time in Ireland & what lies ahead. This was followed by an entertaining Q&A panel discussion with Johnny Sexton, Brian O’Driscoll & Leo Cullen which gave the audience a rare & entertaining insight into Isa as a person and a player and the dynamics within a squad. The panel showed all of their personality and gave the crowd a great laugh. It was an amazing evening and a fitting tribute to the Legend ISA.
In other news it was a very impressive Munster performance that obliterated Ulster 64-7. In a late change before the game Andrew Conway moved seamlessly from the wing to fullback. Dan Goggin had a fine performance at 13 which included a brace of tries. Duncan Williams came on in the 52ndminute and kept the momentum going. There was little Nick Timoney & Ulster could do to stop this Munster wave.
The Munster A squad captained by Bill Johnson held out to win 33-32 against Cardiff Blues A and it was Bill’s kicking that was vital in the win. Darren O’Shea was leader of an impressive pack performance.
There was little between Connacht & Leinster at half-time and it was disappointing to see Rhys Ruddock leave after 25minutes. Things changed on the 41stminute with an impressive individual Garry Ringrose try. The introduction of Andrew Porter & James Tracy on the 56thminute was vital in keeping the momentum shift on for Leinster. Porter won a key penalty at the breakdown. Ross Molony also entered the game for Leinster on 74 mins. There was some disruption to Connacht pre-match with the reliant Matt Healy having to withdraw with a calf twinge. Connacht’s Sean O’Brien has really settled into the team & is now a vital cog in the Connacht backrow, playing the entire game. Craig Ronaldson came on at 74 minutes.
Dave Ryan started for Agen in their narrow 25-28 loss to Pau.
Ealing Trailfinders had their 4thwin on the bounce, unfortunately Peter Lydon had to withdraw from the squad on the morning of the game due to illness & Dave Johnson had to leave the game after 25 mins.
It was a disappointing evening for the ever-present Willie Ryan and Doncaster Knights as they went down 15-20 to Nottingham
Jersey Reds claimed their first league win of the season with a 36-19 win over Carnegie and Jerry Sexton was a key man as always, he scored the bonus point try on the 39th minute and is a work-horse for the team.
Tadgh McElroy played 52mins for Bedford Blues and scored a try but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they lost 23-26 to London Scottish
Joy Neville was Assistant Referee for the Cardiff v Cheetahs game.
Sinead Goldrick was part of the Foxrock Cabinteely team that won the Dublin Senior Championship for the 4thyear in a row and now the progress to the Leinster Championship.