Ulster secured a bonus point win on Friday night with a solid 30-15 performance over Scarlets, which came together in the final legs of the game. Jordi Murphy had another impressive performance over the full 80 minutes in the number seven jersey. He had a busy weekend as on Saturday night he was pitch side giving his expert analysis on the Leinster game with BT Sport. Marty Moore started again for Ulster and was dominant in the scrum again & showed a huge work rate defensively over his 67 minutes on the pitch. Nick Timoney joined the action for the final quarter.
Leinster had their home fixture against Bath on Saturday 15th of December winning comfortably 42-15. Garry Ringrose started in the centre again for Leinster and made the most tackles in the back-line in another very assured performance. Rhys Ruddock came on early in the second half and was a live wire in the pack. James Tracy and Andrew Porter joined him early in the second half having a great impact in the scrum and elsewhere on the pitch. Ross Molony joined the fray in the last quarter as did Noel Reid.
Connacht secured a winning bonus point against Perpignan this weekend with Sean O’Brien scoring two tries in the first half. This follows a good run of performances for Sean coming into the busy Christmas rugby period. Sean O’Brein was replaced by Eoghan Masterson in the 56th minute. Eoghan put in another good 25 minutes building on his form on his return from injury. Darragh Leader retained his position at fullback and again showed some good form, with some really incisive runs. Matt Healy and his experience was needed to help guide this in-experienced back-line, he also managed to find his way to the try line.
Andrew Conway helped Munster secure a loosing bonus point with a 13-12 loss to Castres on Saturday, playing the full 80 minutes. Despite Munster not getting the win, Conway had another great performance but was unlucky to see his chip and chase try ruled out due to a knock on. Fineen Wycherley was brought on to add some dynamism as Munster were chasing the game.
On Friday Darragh Maloney was MC for the Dublin Ladies GAA Fundraiser and he expertly directed a great panel discussion with our own Fiona Coghlan, Lindsay Peat and Brian O’Driscoll. On Saturday night Darragh Maloney was back on duty as he presented the RTÉ Sports Awards 2018. Darragh’s intuitive and insightful interview skills came to the fore when he spoke to some of the best sporting talent in Ireland who were awarded for their efforts on the night. Irish Modern Pentathletes Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe (who had been nominated for the coveted Sportsperson of the Year 2018) Natalya Coyle and Fiona Coghlan attended the Awards.
Joy Neville had to cancel the game between Timisaora Saracens and Northampton Saints due to unprecedented snowfall in Romania. Joy and the Northampton Saints team all had to pitch in to help clear the runway to get home.
Dave Johnston is a vital cog in the Ealing Trailfinders team that find themselves in top seeding of the Championship Cup after a 33-0 drubbing of Richmond. He offers an attacking threat from fullback and is a solid last line of defence. Jerry Sexton was back to captain Jersey Reds in their 15-9 win over London Scottish. Willie Ryan of the Doncaster Knights came on in the 54thminutue in their defeat to Notts.