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Munster Colleges Retain Title

24th November 2005 By Munster Rugby

Munster Colleges Retain Title

Munster Colleges retained their Interprovincial title with a 23-12 win over Ulster last weekend

Hochtief Colleges Interprovincial Rugby Final

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
Reserves.
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

Replacements:

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

Photos:

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.

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