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AIB League: Limerick Leaders Show The Way

AIB League: Limerick Leaders Show The Way

With just one round of action to go before the Division One semi-finals, last four certainties Shannon and Garryowen wracked up 12 tries between them on Saturday – both away from home.

With just one round of action to go before the Division One semi-finals, last four certainties Shannon and Garryowen wracked up 12 tries between them on Saturday – both away from home.

The Pirates of Buccaneers were left all at the sea on Shannon’s first visit to their Ballinasloe venue of Moher Road, when the champions blazed an eight-try trail.

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Ireland Sevens flyer Brian Tuohy bagged two of that hefty haul as the league’s top side racked up a 56-3 win – and their highest points tally of the season.

Buccs had drawn level at 3-3 thanks to a 18th-minute Justin Meagher penalty, but John McKee’s men were hopelessly outclassed over the remaining hour.

Eoin Cahill, Tony Buckley, David O’Donovan, David Quinlan, substitute Tom Cregan and veteran Andrew Thompson also touched down for the visitors.

Shannon (46 points), Limerick rivals Garryowen (44) and Belfast Harlequins (42) are all guaranteed a semi-final spot now, with the latter having triumphed 27-23 over Cork Con at Temple Hill.

‘Quins’ John Anderson took over the kicking duties from injured fly-half Ian Humphreys, and helped ‘Quins pick up their sixth bonus point of the season. He converted his own try – his second score in two games – late in the first half to send DC Gillespie’s men in at the break, with a 15-14 lead.

Con fought back through a well-taken drop goal from Darragh Lyons and a Pat McCarthy penalty, but Matt Mustchin’s late converted try settled the issue.

Scrum-half Gerry Hurley steered Garryowen to a 26-20 victory over UCD at a windy Belfield as he picked up a try and converted Paul Neville, Kieran Gallagher and Ross Callaghan touch downs.

At Castle Avenue, Clontarf were given a dose of Puma power as Felipe Contepomi’s first start for Lansdowne saw the league’s bottom side win out 19-7.

The win – only Lansdowne’s third – sees the Dublin 4 outfit two points behind fellow strugglers Carlow and Dublin University with just a clash with Trinity to come.

They would have been just one point adrift of their relegation rivals had Johnny Murphy’s late try not been ruled out for a foot-in-touch.

Leinster’s Argentinian international Contepomi – who started alongside Ireland’s Lion-to-be Gordon D’Arcy – converted first half tries from Niall Ronan and Greg Stafford, with Murphy adding a third on the restart.

Elsewhere, Peter Bracken was on target as Galwegians edged Blackrock 14-13, while Carlow came out 20-10 winners at Trinity as Ross Jackson and Brendan Curran grabbed second half tries.

In Division Two, Old Belvedere pushed themselves clear of a relegation dog fight – winning 19-8 at home to Midleton. The Belvo pack were on song as former Ireland Under-19 Kevin Barden netted the only try.

On an afternoon of heavy try-scoring up top, leaders Dolphin (five tries), UL Bohs (6) and St Mary’s (8) all ran riot at home.

Leinster hooker Gavin Hickie turned in a man-of-the-match performance for Mary’s – using his Sevens’ experience to pocket three tries – in their 61-8 hammering of Young Munster.

Bective fell out of the play-off race as led by fly-half John O’Mahony – the scorer of 128 points before kick-off – Dolphin completed their 16-game programme with a 34-17 win.

The Cork side sit top on 57 points, but wins for lead chasers UL Bohs and St Mary’s – two points back – could see them done out of promotion and a home semi-final draw.

In Division Three, Greystones secured the title at Dr Hickey Park, running five tries past Ards in a 34-12 win.

The Wicklow men secured promotion in a repeat of last year’s Division Three final – and broke through the 500-point mark in their 15th game – as Rob Connolly, Peter Hipple, Stewart O’Connell, and centre pair Conor McNaughton and Alan Higgs crossed the visitors’ whitewash.

Four-times capped former Ireland lock Davy Tweed did have the last laugh for Ards, scoring an injury-time try at the ripe old age of 45!

AIB League Results: Saturday, April 9


Blackrock College 13 Galwegians 14, Stradbrook
Buccaneers 3 Shannon 56, Moher Road
Clontarf 7 Lansdowne 19, Castle Avenue
Cork Constitution 23 Belfast Harlequins 27, Temple Hill
Dublin University 10 County Carlow 20, College Park
UCD 20 Garryowen 26, Belfield

* Dungannon v Ballymena has been refixed for Wednesday, April 13 (kick-off 7.30pm) at Stevenson Park.


Dolphin 34 Bective 17, Musgrave Park
Malone 20 Old Crescent 20, Gibson Park
Old Belvedere 19 Midleton 8, Anglesea Road
St Mary’s College 61 Young Munster 8, Templeville Road
Terenure College 27 Ballynahinch 20, Lakelands Park
Thomond 13 De La Salle Palmerston 20, Fitzgerald Park
UCC 32 Highfield 10, The Mardyke
UL Bohemians 44 Waterpark 17, Thomond Park


Ballina 0 Skerries 3, Heffernan Park
Banbridge 32 Queen’s University 31, Rifle Park
Bruff 10 Old Wesley 27, Kilballyowen Park
City of Derry 22 Portadown 27, Judge’s Road
Connemara 16 Suttonians 16, Monastery Field
Greystones 34 Ards 12, Dr Hickey Park
Instonians 12 Clonakilty 13, Shaw’s Bridge