YOUNG Munster bounced back up into the play-off places in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League thanks to a hard earned 18-17 win over Clontarf at Tom Clifford Park this Saturday.
Munsters’ win has moved the Greenfields side back up to fourth place in the Division 1A table at the mid-point of the season.
The Limerick side trailed 10-14 at half-time but outscored their opponent 8-3 in the second period to record a precious victory.
John Staunton’s Munsters’ side scored two tries, both touched down by Edward O’Keeffe. Ben Martin kicked two penalty goals and a conversion.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Garryowen’s promotion hopes suffered a blow as a result of a 10-6 home defeat to Galwegians, while UL-Bohemian and Shannon recorded excellent wins.
Third-placed Garryowen have now slipped 11 points behind leaders ‘Wegians as a result of their frustrating defeat at a wet Dooradoyle. Garryowen, who lost Alex Wootton to a red card in the opening half, had two penalty goals from out-half James Gavin.
Shannon picked up just their second victory in five league games as out-half and captain Tadhg Bennett booted them to a 12-10 success at home to Malone at Coonagh.
The result has seen Shannon jump up to eighth place in the table ahead of their derby clash with Garryowen at Thomond Park later this month.
UL-Bohemian ended a six-game losing run in 1B when recording a 14-12 win over Corinthians in Galway.
When the Annacotty side trailed 12-0 into the second half their prospects of breaking their losing run looked slim. However, UL managed to hit back with late tries from half-backs Craig Miller and Shane Airey, with the latter importantly converting both.
In Division 2A, Thomond have slipped to seventh place on the back of a disappointing 34-3 thumping at the hands of Blackrock College at Stradbook.
The Limerick sides in Division 2B experienced mixed fortunes as Old Crescent and Richmond recorded badly needed victories while Bruff suffered a home defeat.
Richmond defeated Navan 17-12 at Balreask Old. Brian Collins and Mike Kelleher scored a try each for Richmond with Wayne Murphy kicking two conversions and a penalty for the Limerick side who moved up to 14th place.
Old Crescent picked up a precious bonus point in a 37-5 thumping of Sligo. Old Crescent scored five tries through Liam McMahon, Jack O’Neill, Larry Hanly, John O’Dwyer and Tevita Tali’toia.
Bruff dropped to 10th place in the table on the back of a disappointing 19-10 home defeat to Wanderers. Paudie Kilcoyne grabbed the Bruff try late on, while Declan Bannon kicked five points.