Leinster U18 Clubs 29 Connacht U18 Clubs 6

Connacht made an encouraging start to their second interprovincial game away to Leinster, as good approach work by forwards Kevin Hastings, Aaron Broderick and Rory Murphy allowed out-half Michael Green to convert a penalty to give the visitor the early advantage. Kevin Hastings350However it went rapidly downhill from there as the visitors could not handle the Leinster onslaught. It started when the Leinster out-half Conor O’Brien’s sold an audacious dummy to shoot in under the posts for a 7-3 lead. Worst was to follow for the visitors as confusion on their own 5m scrum allowed flanker Conor Oliver to touch down and give Leinster a 14-3 advantage. Leinster continued to dominate and good interplay between backs and forwards created an overlap for the excellent Conor Oliver to outflank the despairing Connacht defence to stretch Leinster’s lead to 19-3. Soon after Connacht seemed to have defended the latest Leinster attach with a good turn-over, but they somehow managed to immediately hand back possession, which allowed Conor Oliver to complete his hat-trick and give Leinster a 24-3 interval lead.

Sean Dempsey350To their credit Connacht started the second half with a lot more focus and immediately converted a penalty opportunity to give them some hope. The visitors dominated much of the second half but poor handling and a resolute Leinster defence prevented the visitors from making any further inroads on the score board. The final say was to be Leinster’s when a turnover ball was intelligently fed on the blind side to replacement full-back David McDermott who from 30 meters went over in the corner to leave the final score at 29-6 to Leinster.

The interprovincial series finishes next weekend, when Connacht play Ulster at the Sporstground (Sat at 1:30pm) and Munster take on Leinster in Thomand Park.

Leinster: K Dunne (Tullamore); A McGivney (Mullingar), S Moran (Kilkenny), J Nolan (Gorey), R Vallejo (New Ross); C O’Brien (Mullingar), J Carbery (Athy); H Hester (Navan), J McKenna (Wicklow), N Hannon, A Purcell (both Mullingar), C Joyce-Ahearne (Wexford), L Walsh (Wicklow), C Oliver (Skerries), G Dunne (Kilkenny)

Replacements used: E Doyle (Wexford), J White (Gorey), D O’Reilly (Mullingar), T Gonnelly (Dundalk), M Russell (Naas), D McDermott (Carlow), A Feeney (Suttonians), S Healy (Navan)

Connacht: Cathal Evans (Corinthians); Paddy Glavey (Westport), Conor Lowndes (Galwegians), Finn Stoneman (Galwegians), Harry Hughes (Buccaneers); Michael Green (Creggs), Jason Mitchell (Galwegians); Craig Hansberry (Corinthians), Pat O’Toole (Westport), Colin Joyce (Corinthians), Aaron Broderick (Corinthians), Rory Murphy (Westport), Evan Galvin (Buccaneers), Kevin Hastings (Westport), Jack Codyre (Ballinasloe)

Replacements used: Cormac Groden (Westport), Conan O’Donnell (Sligo), Fintan Murphy (Castlebar), Fergal Tully (Ballina), Darragh Maher (Monivea), Sean Dempsey (Buccaneers), Sean Tobin (Westport), Sean Doyle (Buccaneers)

Referee: W O’Connor (IRFU)

Pictured in U18 Schools action against LEinster are Sean Dempsey (above left) and Kevin Hastings (above right) (C) www.inpho.ie 


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