Joy Neville was away in France for the Perpignan v Sale game where she produced another fine performance in a hostile environment.
In a late call up to the squad, Rhys Ruddock then started & played the entire match in the backrow, in what was a dominant Leinster performance, particularly the 2nd half. Even the referee felt the brunt of Rhys as he ran into his line and was accidentally tackled. Garry Ringrose again produced a consistent class performance. James Tracy & Andrew Porter added a lot of energy in the second half when they came on in the 55th minute, which helped Leinster pull away from Wasps.
Munster will be somewhat happy to come away from Sandy Lane with a draw. After a number of impressive performances recently Dan Goggin started his first ever European Cup game & put in an impressive shift for 60mins. Darren Sweetnam was a late call up to the team and produced a fine performance. Andrew Conway continues to impress with his exciting but solid performances. Duncan Williams stood up and was counted in this game, where he was needed, providing quick accurate ball, varying his attack game with probing box kicks and worked relentlessly in defence.
It was great to see Ulster Rugby bounce back and get a 24-10 win in Europe. Nick Timoney playing at 8 got to show all his pace in attack and defence and it was a relentless performance from him. Ulster will be happy to have Jordi Murphy back from injury and he showed well for 50 mins. Marty Moore made an impact in the 2nd half when he came on for his Ulster debut.
It was an even first half display between Leinster A v Munster A but Leinster kicked on in the second to win 46-25 and are now through to inaugural Celtic up final. Ross Molony & Caelan Doris were work horses in the Leinster pack. It was great to see Tom Daly back after his injury and got a full game under his belt. Noel Reid was controlling the game from out half and scored 4 conversions and a penalty. On the Munster side, young Bill Johnston captained the side again and added a try, 2 conversions & 2 penalties. The now experienced partnership of Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea continues to flourish.
Greg Jones and Ulster A will be happy after travelling to Connacht Eagles and taking home a 49-12 win. In a difficult game, Darragh Leader put in 80 mins of hard work.
Jerry Sexton continues to produce performances for Jersey Reds, this time as captain, he helped them quieten leagues leaders Cornish Pirates with the 33-10 win.
While Mark Flanagan & Bedford Blues ran out 29-28 winners, Willie Ryan will be happy with Doncaster’s second half performance and to take 2 points on road.
In a new initiative 20X20, to increase everything around Women in Sport by 20% by 2020 it was great to have Sarah Rowe front and centre as an Ambassador.