Womenâ00s Interprovincial Rugby
Munster 37 Connacht 0
Irish captain Sarahjane Belton scored the first of seven tries ten minutes in as she beat two defenders to touch down in the right hand corner.
Mairead Kelly, who is also a member of the Cork ladies football squad, burst through from the wing to score soon after and Munsterâ00s pack was rewarded for their well organised line-out when lock Deirdre Scannell crashed over from a strong drive. Kelly scored again in the left corner before the break.
In the second half another well taken lineout allowed Munster set up a strong attacking position and Munster captain Amanda Greensmith finished extremely well for her touchdown.
Munster made a host of substitutions during the half and as well as these Belton moved back to fullback and she showed her talent in full flight when she beat four tacklers on her way to her second try of the day.
She thought she had completed her hat trick soon after when she crossed again, but referee John Sheehan adjudged her to have knocked on.
Kelly scored the best try of the match just before the end when she showed both pace and power to beat a number of tacklers before scoring and ensuring her name was entered three times on the scoresheet.
Munster coach Fergus Oâ00 Donoghue said that his side deserved their convincing win.
â00It was a very stop-start game and that really didnâ00t help the flow of it. What we wanted was fast ball off both first and second phase so when that wasnâ00t happening it was difficult. The girls kept trying things though and I was delighted that they did score a few times of first phase, which is a hard thing to do. They also used their heads with the plays they called and were mixing it up right to the end.â0
Munster: A Greensmith, C Murphy, J Feighery, H Brosnan, M Kelly, S J Belton, L Beamish, L Guest, C Fannning, M Barrett, K Oâ00 Loughlin, Dee Scannell, R McNulty, P Oâ00 Connor, H Jones
Replacements: K Fitzpatrick (for J Feighery 40), M Halbert (for L Beamish 40), N Briggs (for C Murphy 58), A Mahony (for P Oâ00Connor 58), D Oâ00Brien (for D Scannell 70), K Sheehan (for C Fanning 70)
Connacht: O Creedon, S Healy, N Ni Chaidhaon, C Caffrey, M Fitzgerald, C Ni Caba, S Ni Chaidhain, R Oâ00Reilly, D Wright, W Hickey, K Went, T Johnson, J Wynne, E Oâ00Dowd
Replacements: G Bourke (for R Oâ00Reilly 30), E Neville (for M Fitzgerald 38), F Hayes (for W Hickey 50), G Kelly (for S Ni Chaidhain 70)
Referee: John Sheehan (MAR)
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