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Good Weekend for Irish Sides.

Good Weekend for Irish Sides.

04/03/02.It was a good week-end on the international front with victory at Senior, A, Under 21 and Student level, the A side and Students winning their respective Triple Crowns.

It started on Friday night when the Ireland Students under the stewardship of Phil Lawlor and Maurice Field, defeated Scotland 17-12 in Donnybrook. That victory was sealed by a try from Kieran Lewis in the closing minutes after the visitors had come within one point (10-9) of the lead when Clarke Laidlaw scored his third penalty in the 71st minute.

Later on in the evening Matt Wialliams’ A side dished out a 60-3 hammering to the Scots in Ravenhill, the close of the game bringing tries for local heroes, Andy Ward and Paddy Wallace (pictured).

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Then, to round things off nicely, the Under 21s coached by Ciaran Fitzgerald, came from behind to beat their Scottish counterparts 25-18 in Thomond Park.

That type of scene-set off sets us up for disappointment in the main event, but not this time.

In the senior international the visitors were dispatched with what coach Eddie O’Sullivan described as ” a good solid performance” and with the result in from paris, the championship was thrown wide open again.