Munster Juniors Retain Interpro Title
16th September 2002 By Munster Rugby
The Munster Junior side retained their Inter Provincial title with a 36-18 victory over Connacht in Sligo and were crowned champions as a result of Leinster’s surprising 19-12 defeat by Ulster.
The Munster Junior side retained their Inter Provincial title with a 36-18 victory over Connacht in Sligo and were crowned champions as a result of Leinster’s surprising 19-12 defeat by Ulster at Ashbourne.
Munster made one change to the side that lost to Leinster last week 18-11, with Robbie Doyle coming into the Out Half slot in place of Colm McCoitir.
Munster led 22-10 at half time with two tries from Robbie Doyle and one from Stephen Ryan. Liam Delaney kicked a penalty and a conversion and D. J. O’Leary also added a conversion.
Connacht closed the gap to 22-18. before tries from Stephen Ryan and Willie Shubart and conversions from Delaney and O’Leary made sure of victory for Munster and also earned them the valuable bonus point, that made sure of the title.
Munster Junior Team:
Liam Delaney (Nenagh Ormond), D.J. O’Leary (Muskerry), Eoin Cahill (Bruff), William Shubart (Ballincollig), John Keehan (Nenagh Ormond), Robbie Doyle (Old Christians), Noel Dunne (Cobh Pirates) Captain, Stephen Ryan (St. Senan’s), Merle O’Connell (Crosshaven), Ian Dunne (Cobh Pirates), Brian McMahon (Bruff), Pat O’Donoghue (Cashel), Toss Stapleton (Thurles), Donogh Murphy (Crosshaven), Gearoid Ryan (Bruff). Replacements:Paul Cotter (Kanturk), John Staunton (Nenagh Ormond), Michael Heffernan (Thurles), Colm Hurley (Bandon) and Paddy Murphy (Crosshaven).
Referee: David Armstrong (U.S.R.)