The third weekend of the Ulster Bank League was a highly successful one for Limerick clubs as they produced six emphatic bonus point wins while Bruff earned a draw in Division 2C on Saturday.
With all games beginning at 2.30pm, Garryowen’s result was the most eye-catching as they put on an attacking master class with six tries and 51 points past last year’s runners up Clontarf in Dooradoyle. Munster’s Liam Coombes (two), Sean Rennison, Peader Collins, Hugh O’Brien-Cunningham and scrum-half Neil Cronin all crossing on a memorable day where the Light Blues climbed to third place in the table.
Meanwhile, Young Munster, who have struggled to find their groove in the opening rounds, looked in fine fettle as they grabbed a bonus point victory away at Buccaneers.
The Cookies’ fell 24-13 behind in the second half to an impressive Buccaneers outfit, but they rallied to score 19 unanswered points and record their first victory of the league season. Ben Kilkenny scored a brace of tries, while fellow back-rower Gavin Coombes, Jack Lyons and Daniel Hurley also got in on the try-scoring with Conor Hayes kicking seven points.
Shannon seem to be growing stronger with every game, as they move top of the table after clinical 34-17 bonus point away to Old Wesley. Tom Hayes’ charges notched five tries with Fionn McGibney, Eathon Moloney, Conor Fitzgerald, Munster’s Duncan Casey and Kelvin Brown all scoring. Fitzgerald kicked a penalty goal and three conversions.
Also in Division 1B, UL Bohemian bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss in Kildare to get their campaign up and running with a 36-13 win over Ballymena on UL’s 4G rugby pitch.
Recording a bonus point win with some style, UL Bohs had try scorers in Munster’s James Hart, Darragh O’Grady, Harry Fleming, Joe Bennett and Robbie Burke.
Skipping down to Division 2B, a resounding 36-5 win for Old Crescent over Dungannon away sees the Limerick side sitting pretty in second place, just one point behind Wanderers.
Steadily building momentum with their third win of the campaign, Old Crescent delivered tries through veteran back-row and hat-trick hero Brendan Guilfoyle, Brian Tuohy (two) and Niall Hardiman.
In Division 2C, Thomond made it back-to-back wins with a hard fought 28-25 bonus point victory over Seapoint at Liam Fitzgerald Park.
Fourth-placed Thomond had a hat-trick of tries from Dean O’Brien, while Aleksandr Slijepcevic also dotted down as the home side claimed a maximum five point haul form the fixture. Evan Cusack also kicked two penalties and a conversion in the Royal Blues total.
Elsewhere, in Division 2C, Bruff sit in sixth place in the table after their 20-20 draw with Sligo at Kilballyowen Park.
The sides had been level 10-10 at half-time. Sligo looked to be in control in the second half as they raced into a 20-10 lead. But after a red card for the visitors, Bruff snapped back with a converted try and a late penalty to secure an undefeated weekend for Limerick sides.