24 May, 10:30
This week's Club Notes come from Cashel and Shannon Rugby Clubs.
Leinster took a big step towards regaining the Schools A Inter Provincial with a bonus point victory at Musgrave Park.
In fairness to the home side they were in this contest right up to the final whistle, but had to concede that the better side won on the day.
Munster played with the advantage of the strong wind in the opening half but found themselves trailing 5-0 after four minutes. Leinster opted for touch from a penalty and from the Twenty Two they mauled the ball towards the Munster line where Sam Gibney touched down.
Munster hit back quickly. Dylan Cadogan failed to judge the wind with a penalty just outside the Twenty Two that drifted wide. From the restart Bryan Moore gathered and sent winger Jack Donovan racing away to score and Cadogan converted.
Cadogan missed another penalty effort on twenty minutes but was on target four minutes later for a 10-5 lead.
However all Munster’s work was undone just before half time when another drive at the line by the Leinster pack saw prop Conor Dempsey score to leave it 10-10 at half time.
Munster played better against the wind in the second half and having heroically defended their line, Leinster went ahead with a try and conversion by Cormac Hughes with fourteen minutes left.
Cadogan reduced the arrears with a penalty minutes later but Leinster earned a bonus point with their fourth try from Niall James on sixty three minutes.
It will be a big ask for the Munster side to turn things around next week in Dublin when these sides meet again.
Munster: Dylan Cadogan (High School Clonmel); Andrew Carey (Dungarvan CBS), Kerry Desmond (Bandon Grammar), Jack O’Donnell (Dungarvan CBS), Jack Donovan (Nenagh CBS); David Kavanagh (De La Salle Waterford), Isaac Daly (CBS Tramore); Toby Adamakin (Villiers School), Padraig Keating (High School Clonmel), Paddy Butler (Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh); Joel O’Dwyer (High School Clonmel), Stephen Carey (High School Clonmel); Bryan Moore (Midleton College), Richard Kingston (Capt.) (Bandon Grammar), Mike Riordan (Hospital). Replacements: Ben Coady (Villiers School) for O’Donnell HT, Dan Finnerty (St. Anne’s Killaloe) for Butler, Peter Traynor (De La Salle Waterford) for Riordan both 48, Ross Coffey (Mounthawk Tralee) for Kavanagh, Sean Scully (Bandon Grammar) for Carey both 56, Robbie Steele (Midleton College) for Adamakin 59, John Murphy (Abbeyfeale) for O’Dwyer 67.
Leinster: Andrew Coade (Wilson’s Hospital); Niall James (Newpark Comprehensive School), Sam Bewley (St. Columba’s College), Cormac Hughes (Moyne CS), James Orr (Sandford Park); Jamie Boyd (St. Columba’s College), Arthur Brabazon (Wilson’s Hospital); Conor Dempsey Good Counsel College), Steve Reamsbottom (Capt.) (Mount Temple Comprehensive), Kevin Browne (Good Counsel College); Sam Gibney (Mount Temple Comprehensive), Dillon Doyle (Ratoath CS); Donnacha Carroll (Gorey CS), Daniel Buckley (Wilson’s Hospital), Donnacha Carroll (Gorey CS), Adam Keating (St. Patrick’s Classical Schhol). Replacements: Aodhan King (Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy) for Bewley HT, Thomas Fegan (Tullow CS) for Browne, Jamie Salinger (Newpark Comprehensive School) for Dempsey, Jake Wall (Ashbourne CS) for Carroll all 59, Brian McDonnell (St. Paul’s College) Reamsbottom 64, Robert Harrington (Gorey CS) for Brabazon 66, Mark Dolan (St. Colmcilles CS) for Gibney 67, Ricky Martaise (Wilson’s Hospital) for James 69.
Referee: D Noonan (IRFU)