Limerick Rugby - Newcastle West lose to Kanturk in Division 1

Aidan Corr

Reporter:

Aidan Corr

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
KANTURK’S win over Newcastle West on Saturday keeps them top of the Munster Junior League Division 1, but failing to get the bonus point victory gives chasing St Mary’s a glimmer of hope.

KANTURK’S win over Newcastle West on Saturday keeps them top of the Munster Junior League Division 1, but failing to get the bonus point victory gives chasing St Mary’s a glimmer of hope.

The Cork side beat Newcastle West 17-6 but they had to dig deep for the victory. Sean Herlihy kicked a brace of penalties for the ‘West’ but this result and Kanturk’s remaining fixtures, makes them firm favourites to top the table at the end of the campaign.

Galbally have been having a poor season in this league and crashed to another defeat when they were beaten 15-0 by Muskerry on this visit to Ballyanly.

In Division 2, Presentation had Mark Phayer back in their side and he delivered by scoring a try, conversion and a penalty. There was no joy for Pres on this visit to Kerry, losing 26-10 to Castleisland. In Division 3, the Abbeyfeale v St Senan’s game fell foul of the weather.

In the Gleeson League, last Friday night Old Crescent beat Galbally in Rosbrien while the Newcastle West v Thomond game was called off due to an unplayable pitch. Bruff arrived at Grove Island with only 12 players for their clash with St Mary’s forcing this fixture to be cancelled while the battle of joint leaders Garryowen and Fethard and District provided a thriller in Dooradoyle. The light blues led 15-8 at half time thanks to tries by Dean Shanahan and David Leonard but the Tipperary boys rallied in the second period to run out winners on a 16-15 scoreline.

The meeting of Richmond and Clanwilliam was also a close affair with ‘Clan’ winning 11-10. Richmond’s scores came from tries by Shane Gallagher and Paddy Downes.

In the Munster 2nds League, Richmond beat Bruff 15-8. Brian Begley was on the scoresheet with a fine try while Jeffrey McNamara added a second. Niall Benson chipped in with a penalty and a conversion. The Thomond v Shannon 2nds game was postponed.