YOUNG Munster moved out of the drop zone in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League, thanks to a precious 24-9 bonus point win over basement side Dolphin at Clifford Park this Saturday.
Munsters’ jumped two points clear of Old Belvedere, who now occupy the relegation play-off berth in the top flight, as a result of securing their first AIL win since early December.
Munsters’, who led 17-9 against their Cork visitors at half-time, had tries from Rob Guerin, Darren Gallagher and Kolio Hifo, while hooker Ger Slattery touched down for the bonus point try in the 78th minute.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Shannon had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their 13-19 home defeat to promotion-chasing Dublin University at Coonagh.
Seventh-placed Shannon, who led 6-0 at half-time, had a try from Jason Cronin, while Ronan McKenna kicked eight points.
Second-placed Garryowen maintained their strong promotion push on Friday night with an impressive 37-14 bonus point win over local rivals UL-Bohs at Dooradoyle.
Garryowen, one point behind 1B leaders Galwegians, scored five tries through Josh Hrstich, James Frawley, Dave Sherry, Alex Wootton and Jamie Glynn, while out-half Jamie Gavin added 12 points with the boot.
In Division 2A on Saturday, Thomond lie ninth in the table after a gritty 17-13 away win over NUIM Barnhall.
Meanwhile, in 2B, Richmond have boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from the Ulster Bank League after scoring a precious 24-3 bonus point win away to basement side Ards.
Richmond were awarded two penalty tries, while Pat McNamara and Brian Collins also touched down. The win has moved Richmond two points clear of the relegation zone with just three games to go.
Elsewhere, in 2B, seventh-placed Bruff recorded a 7-3 away win over Armagh with Sean Darcy bagging the game’s only try.
Old Crescent have dropped to 10th place in the table after suffering a 30-10 defeat away to Kanturk.