The Pro14 semi-finals were played this weekend, with the biggest derby in European rugby kicking off on Saturday. A beautiful May afternoon in a packed-out RDS saw eight Navy Blue Sports clients take to the field in the Leinster Munster showdown.
Isa Nacewa, in his final game at the RDS, led the Leinster team out, with Garry Ringrose, Rhys Ruddock & Jordi Murphy also starting for the blues. Andrew Conway took up position on the wing for the visitors.
Leinster led at half-time, 10-3, but an intense fightback from Munster saw them score two tries in the second half, as James Tracy & Andrew Porter came off the bench to help Leinster’s efforts & Darren Sweetnam saw out the match for Munster.
However, the Blues impressive season marches on as they hunt for that elusive double & the match finished with an extremely close 16-15 score-line. Leinster will meet last year’s Pro 14 Champions the Llanelli Scarlets in the Aviva Stadium next Saturday in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.
In a vitally important match for Ulster in Ravenhill on Sunday afternoon, Nick Timoney continued his rich run of form as he started at number eight for the Ulstermen in their European Champions Cup play-off against the Ospreys.
In an assured performance, Ulster confirmed their spot in next season’s competition with a 35-17 win. And with that win, Ulster continue to be the only team to have played in every season of the Champions Cup since its inception.
It was also a semi-final weekend in the Aviva Premiership, & Marty Moore came off the bench in his last game for Wasps before moving to Ulster next season. A high-scoring game saw home side Saracens proceed to the final against Exeter with a 57-33 score-line.
And finally, Mags D’Arcy was part of the coaching staff that saw Wexford Hurlers beat Dublin 0-22-2-14 in their first game of the Leinster Championship.