Munster Colleges 23 Ulster Colleges 12
Munster Colleges defended their title with a win over Ulster on November 18th at Anglesea Road. Before the kick-off Munster suffered the blow of losing their captain, Alan O'Boyle, due to an injury picked up the previous night. The game opened very strongly with both packs trying to establish superiority. Munster got a penalty early on but Jeffrey Hitchmough uncharacteristically missed. He was rewarded soon after with a penalty. Ulster then put pressure on Munster and were awarded a penalty, which they converted. Another penalty from Jeff Hitchmough put Munster three points ahead. Munster then began to pile on the pressure on the Ulster line and a deep run from full back saw Jeff Hitchmough burst through two tacklers to score just right of the posts. Hitchmough added the conversion to give Munster a 13-3 lead at the break.
Munster opened the second half very brightly and pressurised the Ulster line straight from the kick-off. Several rucks close in saw Pat O'Connor score in the right hand corner after excellent handling along the backline. Jeff Hitchmough failed with the conversion. From here on Ulster upped their game and scored a penalty in quick reply. Munster then introduced Joe Moynihan and Tom Mee and this appeared to have the desired effect of lifting Munster s workrate. Ulster out half James Clelland kept them in touch when he kicked two more penalties following Munster infringements at the maul. After a Colin Corkery Garryowen, caught brilliantly by Paul Dillon, Munster scored again in the right hand corner through Pat O' Connor. Jeff Hitchmough narrowly missed with the conversion. Munster then introduced Eamon Ring, Shane O'Sullivan, Gary Purtill, and Alan Guiry. Final score Munster Colleges 23 Ulster Colleges 12. Man of the Match was Pat O'Connor closely followed by Jeffrey Hitchmough, Mark Ryan, Paul Dillon, captain for the day, and Francis Broderick.
MUNSTER COLLEGES XV
15. Hitchmough Jeffrey CIT Midleton
14 O'Connor Pat LIT Shannon
13 Dillon Paul LIT Clonakilty....Captain
12 Mahony Colin CIT Highfield.
11 Martin Jerry LIT Garryowen
10 Corkery Colin CIT Douglas
9 Gogarty Jamie Garda Dolphin
1 Farrell Brian LIT Old Crescent
2 Kerins John CIT Highfield
3 Mackessy Jim CIT UCC
4 Broderick Francis UL Garryowen
5 O'Connor Philip LIT Old Crescent
6 O'Sullivan Trevor Cork Col Comm Cork Con.
7 Power Maurice CIT Highfield
8 Ryan Mark LIT Old Crescent
16 Guiry Alan LIT Garryowen
17 Moynihan Joe CIT Sunday's Well
18 Murphy Darren LIT Old Crescent
19 Mee Tom CIT-NMCI Sunday's Well
20 Ring Eamon Col Stiofan Naofa Crosshaven
21 Purtill Gary Garda Dolphin
22 O'Sullivan Shane Col Stiofan Naofa Sunday's Well
23 Prendergast Des Garda Shannon
24 Keane Graham Col Stiofan Naofa Cork Con.
Coaches....................John Staunton and Mike Prendergast.
Selectors....................Tony Wells, Tony Hall, Donnach McNarara, Don Spicer.
Team Manager............Don Spicer.
ULSTER COLLEGES XV
15 Gary Hall, UUJ, Enniskillen
14 Chris McDermott, UUJ, Ballymena
13 Andy Lowry, UUC, Ballymena
12 Hayden Swift, UUJ, Instonians
11 Jordan Millar, Stranmillis, Ards
10 James Clelland, Stranmills, Dromore
9 Ben Clements, UUJ, Ballymena
1 Sam Duffy, UUM, City Of Derry
2 James Taggart, UUJ, Ballymena
3 Emmet Glenn, UUM, City of Derry
4 Paul Shaw, UUJ, Belfast High School FP
5 Chris McMullan, Stranmills, Dromore
6 David Houston, UUM, City of Derry
7 Steven Corr, (CAPT), UUM, City of Derry
8 Gareth Beggs, UUJ, Portadown
16 Gareth Tucker, UUJ, City of Derry
17 Jonny Hampton, Stranmills, Larne
18 David Beggs, UUJ, Ballymena
19 Jeremy Baird, UUC, Dungannon
20 Neil Hastings, Stranmills, Cooke
21 Andrew Barrett, UUJ, Larne
22 Simon Patterson, UUM, City of Derry
23 Mark O Lone, UUM, City of Derry
24 Matthew Irvine, UUJ, Banbridge
25 Jordan Frampton, UUJ, Belfast High School FP
Manager: John O Loan
Coach: Chris Galway
Asst. Coach: Niall O Loan
Selectors: John O Loan, Chris Galway, Moss Dineen
The winning Munster panel, who retained the HOCHTIEF Colleges rugby Interprovincial Final last weekend.
Mr Dave Doran (Hochtief) along With Mr. Moss Dineen, president of the ICRU, presenting the Limerick University Concert Hall Cup to Paul Dillon (LIT and Clonakilty RFC) on the occasion of Munsters win against Ulster in the final on Friday Last.