UL Bohemians and Blackrock clash in the deciding game of the Women’s All-Ireland Cup campaign at Ashbourne RFC on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm). The Limerick side are wary of the challenge that the Philip Doyle-coached Dubliners pose.
The teams produced a cracking game in their first league meeting of the season in late October. Rachel Allen-Connolly’s Try Of The Month helped Bohs open up a 35-7 lead at half-time. Blackrock scored four tries without reply to ensure a nail-biting finish and make UL Bohs head coach Ben Martin extra wary. He said:
Blackrock are a side that plays a nice brand of rugby. They’ve got a good squad that don’t lose a lot of internationals so they’re able to keep their core group of girls together and that breeds a lot of cohesion. When they click they’re a very dangerous side.”
Enya Breen came off injured before half-time that day. It’s been a remarkable maiden Women’s All-Ireland League season for the 19-year-old Cork-born centre who went on to make her Ireland debut in the Women’s Six Nations.
“I really enjoy it,” said the Skibbereen native. “There’s a lot of new girls coming in as well this year so it’s a good mix. In the AIL you’re playing against international players as well. It’s just great to test yourself against players who’ve played on the international stage before.”
WOMEN’S ALL-IRELAND CUP FINALS: Saturday, March 30
Cup Final: Blackrock v UL Bohemians, Ashbourne RFC, 2.30pm
Plate Final: Old Belvedere v Railway Union, Ashbourne RFC, 12pm
Shield Final: Tralee v Cooke, Ashbourne RFC, 1.30pm
Irish Rugby will have live updates throughout the day as well as post-match video highlights and reaction.