Ulster got a brilliant 25-24 win against Scarlets. Marty Moore was instrumental in the win, winning penalties at scrum time and making a serious impact in contact. Jordi Murphy produced another hard-working performance. Nick Timoney was sprung from the bench on the 25 min mark and he made his presence felt with some scything runs and as abrasive as ever.
In horrific conditions in the Sportsground, Connacht beat Perpignan 22-10. The forwards had to take control of this game and no more-so than Eoghan Masterson in his first game back from injury. He showed no signs of rustiness and was involved in everything. Darragh Leader got on the scoreboard with a fantastic try on the 9th minute after he ran a great line. It wasn’t a night for the backs but he was assured throughout. Matt Healy didn’t have much to do in that weather but he must be one of the first names on the Connacht team-sheet because of what he brings to this squad.
Rhys Ruddock on his 150th cap for the province was to the fore in this tough win for Leinster, his consistent understated performance are vital for this Leinster team. There was great linking in attack and defence in the midfield between Garry Ringrose and Noel Reid. James Tracy & Andrew Porter entered the game for the final quarter and immediately got involved to help Leinster win. Ross Molony also entered the fray for the final few minutes.
Munster Rugby’s 30-5 win was a lack lustre affair but Andrew Conway still looked to get involved at every opportunity. Fineen Wycherley’s stock continues to rise as he came off the bench for his European debut and he didn’t look out of place, we are going to see more of him going forward.
Dave Ryan and Agen suffered a 22-15 defeat to Grenoble in the Challenge Cup
Ealing Trailfinders had a great 20-16 win over Jersey Reds in atrocious weather. Dave Johnston produced an assured performance at fullback, with little opportunities to see him with ball in hand, he was excellent in defence. Jersey were missing their leader and captain Jerry Sexton for this game, and his absence was huge. Mark Flanagan was pivotal in the set-piece for Bedford Blues win over Cornish Pirates & Tadgh McElroy added an abundance of energy and dynamism when he came on.
Joy Neville was back in AIL action as she refereed Cork Constitution v Young Munster
There was All Ireland heartbreak for Sinead Goldrick & her Foxrock Cabinteely team-mates as they suffered defeat to MourneAbbey, as always Sinead was at the heart of any good play from her team both in attack and defence. Fiona Coghlan & Clontarf will be delighted with their outstanding Intermediate win & will be looking forward to next season in the senior ranks.
On Monday last Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe was honoured with an award at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards, after a fantastic 2018.