The game of the weekend in the Women's All-Ireland League was surely the clash of sixth versus seventh at Stradbrook as Blackrock and Cooke treated fans to a fantastic ten tries between them, writes Aisling Crowe.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.
Dave Kilcoyne scored the crucial try two minutes from time - and captain Tyler Bleyendaal added the conversion - as Munster staged an unlikely comeback victory away to the Ospreys to stay top of the GUINNESS PRO12.
Garryowen and Terenure College were the only teams to move up the table in round 13 of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, although bonus point wins for leaders Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf saw them gain slight ground on their top four rivals.
The gap between Division 1B leaders Buccaneers and the chasing pack is now a full 16 points after they overcame UL Bohemians 39-27 in an action-packed eight-try thriller on the University's 4G pitch. Elsewhere, lowly Dolphin and Galwegians gave themselves a boost with hard-fought wins.
Ulster put in one of their finest displays of the season at Kingspan Stadium, running five tries past fellow top four hopefuls Glasgow Warriors to leapfrog the Scots into fifth place in the GUINNESS PRO12 table.
Division 1A's top four clubs, along with Garryowen who have climbed into fifth place, all won on a busy day in the Ulster Bank League, while relegation-threatened pair Dolphin and Galwegians bounced back with morale-boosting victories in Division 1B.
Division 1A's top two clubs and the bottom two are all hoping to make the most of home advantage on Saturday. Having found their groove again with three wins on the trot, bottom side Terenure's clash with third-placed Cork Constitution could be the match of the day.