Munster took on a much-improved Edinburgh in Thomond Park on Saturday in the first of the Pro14 play-offs. Andrew Conway started for Munster, but was replaced by Darren Sweetnam on 29 minutes for a HIA. Conway did not return after half-time, as Sweetnam saw out Munster’s 20-16 win, sending them to the RDS on the 19th for a semi-final derby with Leinster.
Marty Moore started for Wasps in their final regular season match away to Newcastle. A fine 22-39 win saw them secure third place in the league & a semi-final spot.
The Lidl Division One Ladies National League final saw the two most consistent & high-scoring teams come head-to-head as Dublin faced Mayo. Navy Blue Sports’ Sinead Goldrick came on for Dublin in the 52nd minute as they ran out 3-15 to 1-10 winners, to capture their first ever National League Divison 1 title. It was a disappointing day for Mayo, but Sarah Rowe continued her incredible scoring rate for Mayo, notching up 1-5 for the Westerners.
At the Modern Pentathlon World Cup 3 in Hungary, Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe was Ireland’s highest ever finisher in the series. Arthur was in second place overall after the swimming, where he achieved a personal best of 2:01.18, & the riding, in which he dropped just one point finishing with a 299.
In the end, Arthur finished eighth overall & was joint top of Group C with a total of 1,112 points. He impressed across a number of events & is looking forward to keeping his momentum going for the next event in Poland.
Finally, Fiona Coghlan was co-commentator on RTE’s coverage of the Ulster Bank AIL final between Lansdowne & Cork Con in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday in a repeat of the Bateman Cup final. Lansdowne managed to complete the double in a tight & exciting game with a 19-17 win