The game of the weekend was Connacht beating Cardiff 29-22 to ensure their spot in the Champions Cup next season.  Matt Healy again produced the goods scoring a 71stminute try.  Darragh Leader produced a solid 51 minutes in terrible conditions in the SportsGround.

Ulster bounced back in impressive fashion to beat Edinburgh 29-7 on Friday night.  Marty Moore who has been excellent for Ulster this season unfortunately got injured and had to leave the pitch on the 10 minute mark. Jordi Murphy & Nick Timoney worked extremely well together which was evident in Jordi’s try on the 12thminute.

Leinster were undone 24-39 by an impressive Glasgow Warriors outfit.  Leinster continue to rotate their squad before the play-offs of the Champions Cup and Pro 14 semi-final.  James Tracy played the first half and Caelan Doris played the full 80. Joy Neville was also in action in this game as Assistant Referee.

Munster had a great 37-28 away from home win against Bennetton. The versatile Fineen Wycherley started in the 2ndrow and put in a good shift until he injured his leg and was replaced for the final quarter by Darren O’SheaDarren Sweetnam was as usual threatening every time he got a chance and defensively sound.  Bill Johnston came on to see out the game.

The impressive Ealing Trailfinders defeated Jersey Reds 45-15 cementing their place in 2ndposition in the Greene King IPA Championship.  Dave Johnston played a convincing 65 minutes at fullback. Jerry Sexton as always driving from the front for Jersey Reds will be disappointed with his teams performance.  In a high scoring game Mark Flanagan and Bedford Blues defeated Richmond 45-35.

Natalya Coyle finished 19thin the UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup 2 which she is disappointed with. It’s extremely difficult when one of the rounds in the final is to ride a horse you have never ridden before which then determines your ranking for the run and shoot, in what were horrific conditions.  Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe was bitterly disappointed to not make the final.  Back after injury, he was feeling fit and looking good until he got to the shoot and run where he had a gun that jammed and failed to shoot which meant he couldn’t complete the round.

Richie Sadlier was on the Late Late Show talking about sex education and consent.  He also wrote a brilliant column in the Irish Times, which is a must read

Richard Dunwoody was talking to a group in FBD Insurances about his career and journey and aligning it with the lessons that can translate to the business world.