Provincial Rugby Roundup
5th November 2023 By Leonard Allen
Bonus point wins for Sunday’s Well and Thomond sees them set the pace at the top of the Munster Junior League Division 1, as Mallow maintained their unbeaten run.
League leaders Kilfeacle saw their game with local rivals Clanwilliam postponed due to the tragic death of one of their players.
Sunday’s Well took full advantage to go clear at the top after their hard earned 27-15 victory over Bandon at Musgrave Park. The visitors raced into an early 10 point lead with a penalty from Nico Fernandez and his conversion of a try by Kerry Desmond. Augustin Anuset brought the ‘Well back into the game with a try and a penalty from Logan Henry left it 10-8 to Bandon at half time. Tries from Alex Guerin and a try and conversion by Henry saw The ‘Well go in front. In the closing stages Zac Allen scored a try for Bandon and Conor O’Brien replied with one for the ‘Well which Henry converted.
Mallow made it three wins from three with a 16-7 home win over Clonakilty. Dave Breen scored a try for Mallow and Sam Glynn converted and added three penalties. Ben Lovell scored a try for Clonakilty and Eoin Downey converted.
Thomond ran in seven tries in their 43-0 home win over Muskerry. Two tries and a conversion from Evan Cusack, along with tries from Ryain Ahern and Jason Kiely secured the bonus point before half time as they led 22-0. In a late flourish two tries from Jake Connolly and one by Luke Costelloe, all of which were converted by Adam Guerin saw Thomond cruise to an easy victory.
Thurles caused a surprise 17-14 away win at Newcastle West to move into fifth place and five points behind the leaders. Sonny Dwyer and Mark Cummins scored tries for Thurles, James Maher converted both tries and also added a penalty. Mike Burke replied with a try for Newcastle west, and Shane Airey kicked three penalties.
Skibbereen also caused an upset at Garryowen Green with a 17-12 away win against Richmond. Daniel Kitson scored two tries for Skibb’ and David Shannon one, with Kitson also adding a conversion. Sean Considine replied with four penalties for Richmond.
Kanturk got their first win of the campaign with a 17-10 home win over Charleville. Tries from Stanley Magwenzi and Tadgh O’Keeffe, both converted by James Moylan gave Kanturk a 14-0 interval lead. Moylan added a penalty after the break and Charleville replied with a converted try and a penalty to secure a losing bonus point.
Crosshaven and Tralee share top spot in Division 2 with maximum points from their three games.
Crosshaven recorded an impressive 48-17 away win at Fermoy. Jack O’Connell, Anthony Sheehan, Patrick Cotter, Denis McBarron, Ryan O’Mahony, James Burke, Shane Bushe, and Mikey Collins were try scorers for Crosshaven. O’Connell kicked three conversions and Collins one. Fermoy replied with tries from Quentin Joyce and Ian Ahern. Eoin Lacey converted both and also added a drop goal.
Tralee defeated Ballincollig 32-25. Mikey Lyne (2), Ben Glavin and Danny Morse were try scorers for Tralee. Ben O’Neill kicked three penalties and three conversions.
Kinsale ended Old Christians impressive start to the campaign with a 27-9 win at Snugmore. Brian O’Donnell scored two of their four tries and Daragh Mangan and Dan Graham got one each. Dylan Lacey kicked two conversions and Robin O’Flynn One. Daniel Kelleher replied with three penalties for the visitors.
St Mary’s moved up to fourth, two points behind the leaders after their 50-0 home win against Youghal. Keith Hyland (3), Tyrone O’Halloran (2), Sean Duggan, Andy McKenzie and Robin Gallagher were the Saints try scorers. Paul Loughran kicked three conversions and Jazz Pendejito two.
Waterpark defeated St. Senan’s 18-14 at Ballinakill. Ryan Jackson and Gary Walsh scored tries for Waterpark who led 10-0 at the interval. Willie Walsh added two penalties and a conversion. Jamie McNamara and Craig Airey replied with tries for Senan’s, and Airey and Dale O’Loughlin each kicked a conversion.
Fethard got their first win of the campaign with a 29-10 away win at Galbally, defeating Galbally-Mitchelstown 29-10. Peter Wall, Issac McCarthy, Robert Wall and Toby Collier were Fethard’s try scorers and Peter Wall kicked three conversions and a penalty.
A late rally by Abbeyfeale saw them edge out Cobh Pirates 36-20 at Abbeyfeale. The home side led 22-8 at half time but the Pirates narrowed the gap to two points, before the home side finished the stronger. John Forde scored two tries and Jamie O’Sullivan, Jack O’Sullivan, and Mark Mcarthy one each for Abbeyfeale. Jamie O’Sullivan kicked four conversions and a penalty. Killian O’Connell, kevin Murphy and Conor McNamara replied with tries for the Pirates, and Michael White added a conversion and a penalty.
Castleisland remain leaders in Division 3, after a narrow 23-22 home win against Ardscoil Old Boys. Adam Jensen and Joe Sheehy were Castleisland try scorers and Sheehy converted both and also added three penalties. Darragh Farragher, Gavin Dara Philips replied with tries for the visitors and Jamie Moore kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Scariff defeated Killorglin 16-11 with tries from Jack Devanny and Mark Walsh. Conor Burke kicked two penalties. Donncha Crowley scored Killorglin’s try and Luke O’Shea added two penalties.
Killarney moved up to third place with a 29-10 away win over Douglas. Liam Randles, Alan Lynch, Jack Thomas and Sam Buckley scored tries for Killarney and Donnchad Grealy added three conversions and a penalty. Charlie Devine scored a try for Douglas and Anton Brennan kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Ennis collected maximum point from their trip to the West Kerry Gaeltacht with a 32-29 win over Chorca Dhuibhne. Callum Barrett scored two tries for the Clare side, and Ben Geraghty and Jack Scahill got one each. Dylan Kenny kicked three conversions and two penalties.
Carrick-on-Suir defeated Dungarvan 37-21 in a high scoring game at the west Waterford venue. Fionn Barry, Braedon Wheeler, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Bolger were Carrick’s try scorers. Barry kicked three conversions and three penalties and Neil Moriarty also added a conversion. Alan McMahon, Shane Norris and Rickey Lopez relied with tries for Dungarvan. Dave Hickey converted all three.