24 May, 14:58
With the latest signings announced earlier today Academy Manager Peter Malone gives his thoughts on the newest members to join the Munster Rugby Academy.
Ulster pushed Munster all the way in this Inter Provincial tie at Dooradoyle. The home side will be disappointed not to have secured a bonus point for the second week running and now their focus will be on the deciding game at Woodleigh Park next Saturday against Leinster.
Niamh Kavanagh, Claire Keohane and Joy Neville scored tries for Munster and Niamh Briggs kicked a penalty.
Munster: Niamh Briggs (U.L. Bohemian); Claire Keohane (U.L. Bohemian), Niamh Kavanagh (U.L. Bohemian), Nicole Scully (Highfield), Ashling Hutchings (U.L. Bohemian); Laura O'Mahony (Tralee), Clara Bracken (Clonmel); Fiona Hayes (U.L. Bohemian), Chris Fanning (Highfield), Gillian Bourke (U.L. Bohemian); Maeve D'Arcy (U.L. Bohemian), Heather O'Brien (Highfield); Siobhan Fleming (Tralee), Laura Guest (Highfield), Joy Neville (U.L. Bohemian). Replacements: Noreen Cleary (Tralee), Orlaith Buckley (Highfield), Elaine Anthony, (Waterford City), Donna Hughes (Highfield), Louise Costello (U.L. Bohemian), Olivia Stapleton (U.L. Bohemian), Geraldine Rea (Highfield).
Ulster: Eliza Downey (Cooke); Zoe Templeton (Belfast Harlequins), Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins), Laura Nicholl (Cooke), Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins); Grace Davitt (Cooke), Imogen Porter (Cooke); Lizzie Ballentine (Cooke), Stacey-lea Kennedy (City of Derry), Lauren Day (Cooke); Glenda Mellon (City of Derry), Brigid Reynolds (Cavan); Gemma McCututcheon (Enniskillen), Caroline Kelly (Cooke), Nikita Armstrong (Cooke). Replacements: Laura Feely (Sligo), Emma Lowe (Cooke), Poppy Cleall (Bristol), Hilary Quinn (Cavan), Larissa Muldoon (UWIC), Rachael Fleming (City of Derry), Teah Maguire (Cooke).
Referee: J Lane (IRFU).
Munster U19s 13, Connacht U19s 13
Munster began their Group A Inter Provincial championship with a share of the spoils at Thomond Park.
Playing against the wind in the opening half Munster trailed 3-0 at the interval, but a try from Aaron Daly and a conversion and two penalties from Tom Kiersey earned Munster a share of the spoils.
Munster Shane O'Leary (Young Munster); Larry Hanley (Old Crescent), Harry McNulty, (Rockwell), James McInerney (Garryowen), Dean O'Brien (Thomond); Tom Kiersey (Waterpark), Charlie O'Regan (CBC); David Canny (Garryowen), Killian Walsh (Garryowen), Evan Ryan (St. Munchins); David O'Connell (Old Christians), Ultan Dilane (Tralee); Cronan Gleeson (Shannon), Will Foley (PBC), Richard Moran (Cashel). Replacements: D Montgomery (St Munchins), Sean Seymour (UCC), Jack Kingston (Sundays Well), Ross McCarthy (PBC), Dean Nolan (Cork Constitution), Aaron Daly (Youghal), Darren Sweetnam (Bandon GS).
Connacht: David Panter (Corinthians); Philip O’Dwyer (Corinthians), Ben O’Connor (Newbridge), Marc Cleary (Monivea), Robbie Keegan (Sligo); Darragh Leader (Galwegians), Cathal Murtagh Newbridge College); Brian Teape (Buccaneers), Jason Connolly (Monivea), Jamie Dever (Westport); John Sheridan (Navan), david Heath (Sligo); James Connolly (Newbridge College), Aidan Connaughton (Buccaneers), Aidan Heron (Exiles). Replacements: Tom Ferrari (Sligo), Aodhan Glynn (Corinthians), Ryan Cummins (Dunmore), Chris Ryan (Westport), Barry Digby (Buccaneers), Ross Keller (Ballinasloe), Conor Seery (Buccaneers).
Referee: Ed Kenny (IRFU).