HIGH-FLYING Young Munster moved joint-top of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1A with a convincing bonus point victory over Ballynahinch at Tom Clifford Park on Saturday.
Munsters’ joined early pace-setters Cork Con’ and Dolphin on 9 points at the top of the 1A table thanks to a deserved 29-16 success. Winger Derry O’Connor bagged a brace of tries for Munsters’, while Lukas Kuntz and out-half Shane O’Brien also crossed the whitewash. Scrum-half Brian Haugh added nine boots with the boot.
Garryowen are propping up the Division 1A table – one of two sides on zero points – after the ‘light blues’ suffered a 33-3 drubbing away to Clontarf.
A first half penalty from Jamie Gavin was all Garryowen could manage as ‘Tarf ran in five tries in a resounding victory.
Next up for Garryowen is a crucial home fixture against high-flying UCD at Dooradoyle on Saturday, October 26.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, UL-Bohs collected their first success when overcoming Belfast Harlequins 23-17 at Annacotty.
UL-Bohs had tries from Adrian Enright and Ed Kelly, while David Johnson kicked eight points and Shane Airey added five.
Shannon fell to their second successive defeat, when losing 30-16 to Corinthians in Galway.
Shannon scored tries through Niall Horan and Tadhg Bennett, while the latter also added two penalty goals.
In Division 2A on Friday night, Old Crescent claimed the bragging rights over Bruff with a 17-9 win in their derby clash at Rosbrien. Old Crescent, who moved up to 12th place in the table, had a try from Alan Bennie, while Kevin Meade also bagged a touchdown and added two conversions and a penalty goal. Bruff, who are propping up the 2A table, replied with three penalty goals through Declan Bannon.
In Division 2B, Thomond lost 16-19 away to Tullamore. The Limerick side’s points came from a Dara O’Neill try and three penalty goals and a conversion from Dermot Fitzgerald. Newly promoted Richmond are still searching for their first win after going down 16-37 at home to Greystones. The defeat leaves Richmond third-from-bottom in the 2B table.