It was a trophy winning weekend for Leinster A over the Scarlets in the inaugural Celtic Cup and it is great to see Tom Daly back in his stride so quickly after a few weeks out injured. Ross Molony as always produced an unassuming hardworking display with Caelan Doris in his 76 minutes producing some excellent moments and it is exciting to see how he progresses.
Munster had a good 36-22 bonus point win against Gloucester. A lively Andrew Conway bagged a try in the second half with Dan Goggin & Darren Sweetnam always eager to get involved and create space and opportunities for others. Duncan Williams had another good game at scrum half.
In one of the great games of European rugby Toulouse defeated Leinster 29-28. Garry Ringrose continues to be a constant threat in the Leinster midfield. Rhys Ruddock worked tirelessly in his 65 mins on the pitch with James Tracy & Andrew Porter both joining the game on 55 mins as Leinster tried to win the game.
Ulster will be disappointed to lose 44-12 to Racing 92 especially after playing so well for the opening 30 mins of the game. It is very much a work in progress as they rebuild under a new coach and with new players. Jordi Murphy got a full game under his belt in a tough encounter with Marty Moore in his first start of the season doing well in the set piece and a high tackle count in his 52 minutes. Nick Timoney was taken off at half time as a precaution with a tight hamstring.
Dave Ryan started in the front row for Agen’s 20-19 win over Treviso in the Challenge Cup.
Peter Lydon scored a try and kicked 6 conversions & 1 penalty in Ealing Trailfinders comprehensive 60-25 win over Coventry in the Greene King Championship. It is their 7th win in a row and they sit at the top of the table having played one more game then second placed London Irish. Captain Jerry Sexton will be happy with his Jersey Red team and their dominant 52-14 win over Hartpury. It was good to see another client Mark Flanagan also captaining his side Bedford Blues with a nail biting 30-29 win away to Cornish Pirates on Sunday. Willie Ryan played 71 minutes for Doncaster against London Irish in what was a close encounter but in the end Donny went down 26-17.
Joy Neville was part of the Referee Team in the first round of the Women’s Sevens World Series in Denver, Colorado.
Sinead Goldrick & Foxrock Cabinteely continue to dominate in the Leinster Championship and annihilated Simonstown 4-16 to 0-5 to progress to the Leinster Final.