Connacht move into control of Clubs inter-pros with commanding win over Munster

Meanwhile, Leinster had a big win against Ulster at the U18s festival in UL.

Below are reports from the second day of Clubs games at the IRFU U18 inter-provincial festival. Check out reports from the Schools games here

Munster Clubs 17
Connacht Club 47

CONNACHT TOOK CONTROL of the U18 Clubs inter-provincial championship with their second win in five days against hosts Munster at the University of Limerick on Wednesday, having beaten Leinster with a stunning late comeback on Saturday.

Oisin McCormack scores a try Oisin Keniry / INPHO Oisin McCormack crossed to score for Connacht in UL. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

There was serious intensity between the two winning Club teams from the opening game day, Connacht drawing first blood through flanker Oisin McCormack, with out-half Cathal Forde converting for a 7-0 lead in the second minute.

When the westerners resisted heavy pressure, they looked like lifting the siege until Munster out-half Tony Butler stepped up to intercept and convert his own try to square it in the 17th minute.

Connacht’s indiscipline cost them position and three more points when Butler edged the home province in front in the 24th minute before Aodha Hession sniped the fringes for Connacht’s second try and Forde’s two points made it 14-10 in the 27th minute.

They moved further ahead from scrum-half Hession’s one-handed stretch for the line for 19-10 in the 32nd minute.

Andy Friend attends the event Oisin Keniry / INPHO New Connacht senior head coach Andy Friend was in UL. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Then, a powerful maul swept all before it for hooker Eoin de Buitlear to pound out the try, converted by Forde, and McCormack picked up his second from a flowing move.

Munster out-half Butler was back for his second converted try ahead of opposite number Forde coming up with seven points and wing Rory McLeane making it seven tries in a complete Connacht performance.

Munster scorers:

Tries: Tony Butler [2]
Conversions: Tony Butler [2]
Penalty: Tony Butler

Connacht scorers:

Tries: Aodha Hession [2], Oisin McCormack [2], Cathal Forde, Eoin de Buitlear, Rory McLeane
Conversions: Cathal Forde [6]

Munster’s best:

Tony Butler – With captain Jamie Shanahan out injured, Munster turned to their out-half for inspiration and he did all he could in difficult circumstances, scoring all 17 of their points.

Connacht’s best:

Darrah Murray – The captain led by example, showing up consistently to carry the load from the second row in a non-stop show of aggression.

Darragh Murray is tackled by Ferghal O'Donoghue Oisin Keniry / INPHO Buccaneers and Colaiste Chiaran man Darragh Murray impressed. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO


15. Tim Hegarty (Old Christian’s RFC)
14. Ihechi Oji (Douglas RFC)
13. Conor McMahon (Nenagh Ormond RFC)
12. Dylan Brosnan (Young Munster RFC)
11. Jack Barrett (Bruff RFC)
10. Tony Butler (Ennis RFC)
9. Ethan Coughlan (Ennis RFC)

1. Kian Regan (Tralee RFC)
2. Dylan Murphy (Nenagh Ormond RFC)
3. Darragh McCarthy (Cobh Pirates RFC)
4. Jay Traynor (Waterpark RFC)
5. Craig Hannon (Galbally RFC)
6. Fearghail O’ Donoghue (Cashel RFC)
7. Richard Wallace (Killarney RFC)
8. Jack O’Keeffe (Nenagh Ormond RFC, captain)


16. Ciaran Bohane (Ballincollig RFC)
17. Eddie McIntosh (Clonmel RFC)
18. Matt McCarthy (Clonakilty RFC)
19. Jack Cosgrave (Young Munster RFC)
20. Tadhg Galvin (Bandon RFC)
21. Gavin Foley(Skibbereen RFC)
22. Chimdi Oji (Douglas RFC)
23. Anthony Castillo (Mallow RFC).


15. Conor O’Shaughnessy (Galwegians RFC & St Jarlath’s College)
14. Hubert Gilvarry (Sligo RFC & Sligo Grammar)
13. Dylan Keane (Ballinrobe RFC & Cistercian Roscrea)
12. Luke Hogge (Sligo RFC & Colaiste Mhuire)
11. Rory McLeane (Oughterard RFC & Colaiste Einde)
10. Cathal Forde (Corinthians RFC & Colaiste Iognaid)
9. Aodha Hession (Creggs RFC & Roscommon CBS)

1. Conal O’Grioffa (Corinthians RFC & Scoil Chuimstitheach, Chiaran)
2. Eoin de Buitlear (Corinthians RFC & Scoil Chuimstitheach, Chiaran
3. Cian Scanlon (Corinthians RFC & Scoil Chuimstitheach, Chiaran)
4. Cathal Fleming (Monivea RFC & Holy Rosary College)
5. Darragh Murray (Buccaneers RFC & Colaiste Chiaran, captain)
6. Diarmuid McCormack (Corinthians RFC & Colaiste Iognaid)
7. Oisin McCormack (Ballinasloe RFC & Garbally College)
8. Donnacha Byrne (Sligo RFC & Summerhill)


16. Matthew Earley (Carrick On Shannon & Sligo Grammar)
17. Caolan Hopkins (Ballina RFC & St Joseph’s Foxford)
18. Alan Duffy (Ballina RFC & Jesus and Mary Enniscrone)
19. Martin Fallon (Buccaneers RFC & Marist College)
20. Hubert Costello (Corinthians RFC & Calasanctius College)
21. Kacper Palamarczuk (Westport RFC & Rice College)
22. Leo McFarlane (Buccaneers RFC & Marist College)
23. Darragh Hanrahan (Corinthians RFC & Colaiste Iognaid)
24. Jack Power (Galwegians RFC & Colaiste Iognaid)
25. Harry Bilsager (Buccaneers RFC & Gallen CS)


Leinster Clubs 46
Ulster Clubs 12

Joe Carbery’s Leinster moved with menace to hit Ulster for seven tries in the other fixture in the U18 Clubs inter-pros on game day two at UL.

Jamie Osbourne celebrates scoring a try with Tim Corkery Oisin Keniry / INPHO Jamie Osbourne and Tim Corkery celebrate a try. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Leinster ended the feeling-out process by moving ahead through Karl Martin’s penalty in the 8th minute. The Boyne centre then put fullback Jamie Osbourne through a hole for the opening try and Martin converted for a 10-point lead.

Leinster looked on course to move further ahead until a mistake and wing Ryan Foley’s wrong move at a ruck earned a yellow card.

Ulster took advantage for flanker Sam Murray to halve the difference before Martin and Osbourne combined for scrum-half Will Reilly to gas the defence, with Martin’s conversion making it 17-5 at the interval.

The game was back in the melting pot when Ulster prop Michael McKeon-Boyle powered over and out-half Luke McMullan converted in the 38th minute.

Ryan Foley tackled by James Crummie Oisin Keniry / INPHO Leinster's Ryan Foley is tackled at UL. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

But there was no comeback to be completed as Leinster’s Martin surged over in the 49th minute and flanker David Murphy was equally determined in making the whitewash shortly after.

The best move of the match enabled Josh O’Connor to get on the scoresheet for Leinster, Conor Duffy joined him there in the 65th minute, and wing Ben Jones finished off the try-scoring.

Leinster scorers:

Tries: Karl Martin, Conor Duffy, Josh O’Connor, Will Reilly, Jamie Osbourne, Ben Jones, David Murphy
Conversions: Karl Martin [4]

Ulster scorers:

Tries: Michael McKeon-Boyle, Sam Murray
Conversion: Luke McMullan

Leinster’s best:

Karl Martin - The Ireland Schools centre was a step above in his ability to break tackles and get the offload away under pressure.

Karl Martin with Jack Milton Oisin Keniry / INPHO Karl Martin stood out for Leinster. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Ulster’s best:

Sam Murray - There is a lot to like about the blindside’s work rate and eye for a heavy hit around the fringes.


15. Jamie Osbourne (Naas RFC)
14. Ben Jones (MU Barnhall RFC)
13. Josh O’Connor (Wexford Wanderers RFC)
12. Karl Martin (Boyne RFC)
11. Ryan Foley (Athy RFC)
10. Tim Corkery (Kilkenny RFC)
9. Will Reilly (Portlaoise RFC)

1. Temilolhwa Adewunmi-Lasisi (Enniscorthy RFC)
2. Finn Tierney (Wanderers RFC)
3. Jordan Finney (Navan RFC)
4. Patrick Kieran (Greystones RFC)
5. Diarmuid Brannock (Cill Dara RFC)
6. Mark Boyle (Gorey RFC)
7. David Murphy (Blackrock College RFC, captain)
8. James Reilly (Ardee)


16. Jack Hanley (MU Barnhall RFC)
17. Sean Kelly-Komolafe (Wexford Wanderers RFC)
18. Michael Hand (Birr RFC)
19. Cathal Purcell (Dundalk RFC)
20. Phillip Byrne (Tullow RFC)
21. Cormac Fenton (Wicklow RFC)
22. Niall Hilliard (MU Barnhall RFC)
23. Ryan Doyle (MU Barnhall RFC)
24. David Manning (Mullingar RFC)
25. Conor Duffy (Tullow RFC).
26. Fionn O’Hara (Mullingar RFC)


15. Stuart Wightman (Belfast Met)
14. Thomas Wilson (Carrickfergus)
13. Curtis Henry (Cambridge House)
12. Matthew Hamilton (Malone)
11. Oran O’Neill (Malone)
10. Luke McMullan (Dungannon)
9. Rory Maginty (Letterkenny)

1. Michael McKeon Boyle (Virginia)
2. Evan Charters (Virginia)
3. James McMaster (Grosvenor)
4. Stephen Kelly (Letterkenny)
5. Cein McColgan (City of Derry)
6. Sam Murray (City of Armagh)
7. Jack Milton (Ballyclare)
8. James Crummie (City of Armagh)


16. Keenan Barrett (Letterkenny)
17. Ben McCrossan (Bangor
18. Philip Nicholl (City of Armagh)
19. John Glasgow (City of Armagh)
20. Callum Smyton (Enniskillen)
21. Ashley Tweed (Ballymoney)
22. Rhys Cobain (Belfast Met)
23. Thomas McDevitt (Instonians)
24. Alan Thompson (Coleraine)
25. George Robb (Sullivan)
26. Aaron Kierans (Virginia)

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