Munster ‘A’ won the British & Irish Cup with a hard-fought 29-28 win over Jersey Reds at Irish Independent Park. Breaks from both loosehead prop Peter McCabe and second row Darren O’Shea resulted in the first try of the game for Munster ‘A’. Darren was a standout performer for Munster ‘A’ in the final. Dan Goggin was lively throughout a full 80 minute performance on the right wing. Brian Scott went well on the tighthead side of the scrum and Conor Oliver kept up his run of strong performances with another good 80 at openside flanker.
Munster Rugby lost out 10-26 to Saracens in the European Champions Cup semi-final. John Ryan played the majority of the game at tighthead prop and performed well against a top-class Saracens front row. Duncan Williams played the full 80 minutes at scrumhalf and consistently provided a good attacking platform for his side. Right wing Andrew Conway always looked dangerous especially so when completing for the ball in the air. Darren Sweetnam came off the bench in the second half and immediately looked threatening for Munster, however Saracens close out a win in what was an entertaining game.
Leinster Rugby were beaten 22-27 by Clermont in the other Champions Cup semi-final. Isa Nacewa made his 50th appearance in European Rugby for Leinster and also captained the side while making a lot of running metres on the left wing. Fergus McFadden occupied the right wing during his 150th cap for Leinster and was prominent throughout before being replaced late on. A great performance at outside centre from Garry Ringrose, that included a fantastic 60 metre try in the second half, helped Leinster’s cause hugely as they looked to claw back the deficit. Rhys Ruddock was another who put in a massive shift at blindside flanker with his physicality obvious over the course of the game. Second row Ross Molony came off the bench in the second half as Leinster looked to narrow the gap on Clermont however two late three-pointers saw them close out a win.
Prop Dave Ryan played his part in Agen’s big 56-7 win over Vannes in the PRO D2. A comfortable win for Agen has them two points behind leaders Oyannax in second place with two games remaining.