It was a mixed weekend in performances and results for the Irish provinces.

Ulster couldn’t repeat the performance of the Champions Cup quarter final and went down 30-7 to an impressive Glasgow.  Marty Moore again produced 60mins of hard work.  Jordi Murphy continues to impress with an industrious full 80.

Connacht had a close win against Zebre, the game finishing 6-5.  It wasn’t the typical free flowing rugby that we have been used to from Connacht. Matt Healy and Darragh Leader both played the full game, but it wasn’t a game for wingers.  Tom Daly came on for a HIA at 28 mins, getting valuable game time under his belt.

Leinster didn’t hit the heights that we have come to expect from them and had to work hard for their draw against Bennetton.  Noel Reid slotted a 17min penalty before having to leave the pitch on 22mins for HIA and failed to return.  Fergus Mc Fadden and Caelan Doris both played the full game.  James Tracy played 55mins to be replaced by Bryan Byrne who went on to score a 63rdmin try. Andrew Porter also came on at the 55thmin.

Munster scored and impressive 6 tries to beat Cardiff Blues 45-21.  Darren Sweetnam was a late change to the team announced and played the full game. Andrew Conway also played the full game and scored a 66thminute  Try

Joy Neville was assistant referee in the Guinness Pro 14 game between Scarlets and Edinburgh.

Sarah Rowe made an important  impact for Mayo Ladies when she came off the bench against Monaghan to net a late goal which saw the game end in an unlikely draw. Sinead Goldrick & Dublin will be disappointed with their performance and result against Cork. Sinead continues to be an extremely important player for this Dublin side.

Richie Sadlier and his 6-week module for Transition Year students in the area of consent is much needed conversation that has to happen.  Check out a snippet from one of his classes in the Irish Times