Munster V Edinburgh
Munster were the first province in action, with a Friday night game against a disappointing Edinburgh at Thomond Park. Munster named a strong side for this clash and outscored the Scottish side by eight tries to two on the way to a thirty point victory.
Chris Farrell, on his first start for the province since he suffered an ACL injury while on Ireland duty last February, got the scoring underway with a try after 4 minutes. Andrew Conway added a second ten minutes later. Conway grabbed his second and Munster’s third try on 18 minutes before a Duhan van der Merwe gave Edinburgh some hope with a try, which was converted to bring the score back to 19-5.
Keith Earls then took over and ran in a hat-trick of tries in the space of 7 minutes between the 30th – 37th min. By this stage, the game was over as a contest. Those tries left the score at the interval Munster 34 Edinburgh 7, indeed the deficit could have been greater as JJ Hanrahan failed to hit the target with four of his six conversion attempts.
Neither side troubled the scoreboard in the third quarter of the game as Johnann Van Grann made seven changes to his side during this spell. A Tyler Bleydaal try on 64mins extended Munster’s lead before Van Der Merwe got his second try for Edinburgh. The games tenth and final try was scored by the same man who had got the first as Farrell crossed the whitewash for his second time on 76 mins.
Fulltime: Munster 44 Edinburgh 14
Cheetahs v Connacht
Andy Friends squad made it two wins from two on their trip to South Africa. They started brightly and were 15-0 ahead by the half-hour mark, thanks to tries from Tom Farrell and Gavin Thornbury and a Jack Carty penalty and conversion. Farrell’s try came after he made a clever linebreak from a set piece move off a lineout, he then showed impressive footwork to step inside the cover to score. The second try also came from a set piece move off a lineout, this time from 5meters out the maul was set as the Connacht pack drove over. Thornbury was the man to touch down for his first Connacht try.
Two tries in a four-minute spell, from Malcolm Jaer and Joseph Dweba, brought the Cheetahs right back into the game. At halftime, Connacht held a 15-10 lead. Two Penalties on 57 & 65 mins from David Horwitz gave Connacht an eleven point cushion, however, a Shaun Venter try on 72 mins for the hosts was converted by Tian Schoeman to bring it back to a four-point game and ensured a nervy finish for the westerners. An important turnover from Paul Boyle for Connacht regained the ball for the closing few minutes and Freind’s team saw the game out.
In truth, the game was riddled with handling errors from both sides, especially the hosts who made numerous linebreaks only to shoot themselves in the foot by spilling or knocking the ball on. The heat and altitute were certainly a factor in Connacht fading as the game went on and they will be happy to return to Ireland with nine point from a possible ten on offer.
Fulltime: Cheetahs 17 Connacht 21
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Ulster v Cardiff
Dan McFarland’s Ulster side ground out a narrow win against a dogged Cardiff side in Ravenhill on Saturday afternoon. An early penalty from John Cooney got the scoring underway in the 2nd minute, however, a try from Matthew Morgan on ten minutes gave the visitors the lead. Converted tries from Kieran Treadwell for the hosts and Kristian Dacey for Cardiff saw the visitors take a narrow 10-12 lead into the changing rooms at the break.
The needle that had been building in the first half threatened to boil over in the third quarter as Seb Davies was sent to the bin for a late hit on Ross Kane. John Cooney converted the penalty on 57mins as Ulster regained the lead by a single point. A third Cooney penalty on 66mins gave Ulster a 4 point cushion which managed to hold onto until the final whistle.
Fulltime: Ulster 16 Cardiff 12
Provincial Football Championship Draws set to be made next week
Thursday October 03, 2019
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Dragons v Leinster
Leo Cullen held most of his Ireland stars in reserve for this weekends Champions Cup trip to Bath as a mixture made up of mostly youngsters and fringe players made the trip to Rodney Parade to take on Bernard Jackman’s Dragons.
It proved to be a bountiful outing for his squad as they plundered nine tries on their way to scoring over fifty points for the second week running. Dave Kearney started the rout with a try after 5 minutes, this was followed by a second try in as many weeks for 18-year-old flanker Scott Penny. Another Scott, this time Fardy, grabbed Leinster’s third try before the interval to bring the score at the break to Dragons 3 Leinster 19.
Dave Kearney got his second and Leinster’s fourth shortly after the restart. Rhodri Willaims took the bleak look off the board from a Dragons perspective with a try for the hosts, before Leinster took control once again. Caelan Doris, Hugo Keenan, Bryan Byrne and a late brace from Jimmy O’Brien completed the scoring.
Fulltime: Dragons 10 Leinster 59
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Ospreys 43 Zebre 0
Kings 19 Treviso 22
Glasgow 29 Scarlets 20