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Mick Bolger’s Leinster aspect made it three wins on the trot with a hard-fought 15-7 success at Energia Park. An Emma Brogan brace of tries sandwiched a 52nd-minute rating from Eire U-18 lock Koren Dunne.

Connacht’s marketing campaign, which started so brightly towards Munster, was disrupted in current weeks, the tragic passing of middle Molly Boote’s mom Gina seeing this recreation rescheduled, and their conflict with Ulster was additionally postponed.

Nonetheless, Craig Hansberry’s fees put in a terrific efficiency in Donnybrook, notably within the first half, earlier than Leinster, led fantastically by captain Abby Moylesstruck at important levels of the second interval.

It was an absorbing, high-quality contest and, as McWilliams famous, plenty of the gamers concerned, together with those that are a part of the IRFU Girls’s Nationwide Expertise Squad, definitely have the attributes to push on for senior provincial and worldwide choice.

From final 12 months’s corresponding fixture, Leinster’s Aoife Wafer, Dannah O’Brien, Emma Tilly, Aoife Dalton, Leah Tarpey (all 15s), Vicky Elmes Kinlan and Erin King (each Sevens) have since been capped at senior stage by Eire.

PWC IRFU UNDER-18 GIRLS INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2: Sunday, September 18

LEINSTER U-18 GIRLS 15 CONNACHT U-18 GIRLS 7, Power Park
Scorers: Leinster: Tries: Emma Brogan 2, Koren Dunne
Connacht: Strive: Emily Foley; Starring: Éabha Nic Dhonnacha
HT: Leinster 5 Connacht 7

The breakdown was fiercely contested proper from the off, whereas Connacht laid down early markers by Roisin Maher’s robust carrying and flanker Beibhinn Gleeson touchdown a bone-crunching deal with on Dunne.

The match’s main strive scorer, Amy Larnconfirmed her tempo once more to threaten for Leinster out large from turnover ball, earlier than a wraparound transfer led by Moyles was spoiled by a knock-on from the Navan out-half.

Connacht’s back-three elevated their affect and there was a deserved breakthrough within the tenth minute, a lot to the delight of the vocal touring assist.

Karly Tierney’s hard-earned turnover and Ailish Quinn’s well-timed go launched Ballina winger Emily Foley to evade a despairing deal with from Robyn O’Connor and rating in scientific trend from simply outdoors the Leinster 22.

With captain Éabha Nic Dhonnacha changing with a crisp strike from the left, Connacht had been seven factors to the nice, they usually managed to soak up Leinster’s speedy bout of stress, forcing two knock-ons.

Nonetheless, in addition to successful a scrum towards the pinnacle, the women in blue had been starting to string the phases collectively and a well-won turnover penalty from hooker Ava Kavanagh stored them on prime by way of territory.

Connacht’s pacy back-three blazed downfield courtesy of openside Gleeson’s neat break and offload, however the transfer petered out and Leinster hit again with an Twenty sixth-minute unconverted rating due to some incisive working by their skipper.

Moyles reduce in towards the grain, darting up into the Connacht 22 and getting her fingers free in a double deal with to ship the supporting Brogan over to the suitable of the posts.

Connacht had a lot of the territorial stress approaching the interval, with the spectacular Mila Sotoparra and tighthead Maher persistently gaining floor. Additionally they had a last-minute scrum in entrance of the posts.

Nevertheless, Leinster stood agency, their potential to counter ruck and decide up turnovers – quantity 8 Jane Neill nabbed one in every of them – an important asset together with busy middle Expensive Martin’s knack of beating defenders from deep.

There was no let up within the high quality and velocity of the sport when the second half obtained underway. Each defences gave little or no away till Leinster’s fast-stepping full-back O’Connor initiated an attacking wave.

The table-topping Blues had been starting to show the screw, Martin hurtling by off a lineout earlier than her middle accomplice Eva Sterritt was simply held up over the try-line. A knock-on spoilt a subsequent break by Sterritt.

The strive they craved got here just some moments later, Leinster attacking out to the left through a five-meter scrum and their decided retention of the ball was rewarded when Dunne crashed over from a Jade Gaffney go.

Moyles missed the conversion on the close to aspect, leaving it 10-7 with 17 minutes remaining, however Leinster continued to pierce the Connacht protection with the clever angles of working from O’Connor and Martin.

Prudence Isaac sucked in two defenders on the sting of the westerners’ 22, her offload permitting the hosts to launch Brogan who minimize inside Sotoparra and grounded the ball regardless of the very best efforts of Tierney and Niamh Corless.

After Moyles pulled the conversion large, each groups launched promising late breaks however Connacht’s hopes for a comeback had been working out of time.

Beautiful fingers had Connacht alternative Rhona O’Dea on the cost, earlier than Sterritt stormed again for Leinster whose cohesion in protection prevented the guests from responding.

LEINSTER U-18 GIRLS: Robyn O’Connor (Wexford Wanderers RFC); Emma Brogan (Navan RFC), Eva Sterritt (Greystones RFC), Cara Martin (Navan RFC), Amy Larn (Athy RFC); Abby Moyles (Navan RFC) (capt), Jade Gaffney (Navan RFC); Hannah Wilson (Outdated Belvedere RFC), Ava Kavanagh (Arklow RFC), Isobel Clerk (Mullingar RFC), Koren Dunne (Portlaoise RFC), Cliodhna Ní Chonchobhair (Balbriggan RFC), Prudence Isaac (Arklow RFC), Orla Wafer (Enniscorthy RFC) , Jane Neill (Arklow RFC).

Replacements: Kelly Burke (Mullingar RFC), Lauren Fitzpatrick (Navan RFC), Abigail Keatley Kindregan (Athy RFC), Blathnaid Smith (Portarlington RFC), Ava Galvin (Navan RFC), Eve Prendergast (New Ross RFC), Abaigeal Connon (Tullamore RFC) , Fiona Fennessy (Athy RFC).

CONNACHT U-18 GIRLS: Hannah Clarke (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / St. Paul’s, Oughterard); Mila Sotoparra (Ballina RFC / St. Joseph’s, Foxford), Molly Boote (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Clifden Neighborhood College), Éabha Nic Dhonnacha (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Scoil Chumsitheach Chiaráin) (capt), Emily Foley (Ballina RFC / Jesus and Mary Secondary College, Enniscrone); Clara Barrett (Ballina RFC / St. Brendan’s Faculty, Belmullet), Grainne Moran (Ballina RFC / Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina); Ella Burns (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Dunmore Neighborhood College), Ellen O’Toole (Westport RFC / Sancta Maria Faculty), Roisin Maher (Creggs RFC / Convent of Mercy, Roscommon), Grainne Hahessy (Claremorris Colts / Mount Saint Michael, Claremorris ), Sarah McCormick (Ballina RFC / Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina), Ailish Quinn (Ballina RFC / St. Mary’s Secondary College, Ballina), Beibhinn Gleeson (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Scoil Bhride, Mercy Secondary College, Tuam), Karly Tierney ( Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Salerno Secondary College, Salthill).

Replacements: Ella Inexperienced (Ballinasloe RFC / Ardscoil Mhuire Ballinasloe), Niamh Corless (Claremorris Colts / Mount Saint Michael, Claremorris), Jemima Adams Verling (Creggs RFC / Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar), Rhona O’Dea (Claremorris Colts / Mount Saint Michael, Claremorris ), Laura Hastings (Tuam / Oughterard RFC / Presentation Faculty Headford), Abbie Murray (Buccaneers RFC / Colaiste Chiarain), Sarah Purcell (Creggs RFC / Convent of Mercy, Roscommon), Cavina Maloney (Gort RFC / St. Raphael’s, Loughrea) .

PWC IRFU UNDER-18 GIRLS INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP – FIXTURES / RESULTS:

ROUND 1 –

Connacht U-18s 39 Munster U-18s 17, Corinthian Park, Galway Corinthians RFC
Ulster U-18s 0 Leinster U-18s 66, Newforge Nation Membership

Spherical-Up: Profitable Begins For Connacht And Leinster In PwC Women Interpros

ROUND 2 –

Munster U-18s 47 Ulster U-18s 5, Musgrave Park
Leinster U-18s 15 Connacht U-18s 7, Energia Park (performed on Sunday, September 18)

Report: Clarke Claims Hat-Trick In Munster U-18 Women’ Cork Victory

ROUND 3 –

Munster U-18s 7 Leinster U-18s 10, Musgrave Park
Ulster U-18s v Connacht U-18s, Newforge Nation Membership (date / kick-off time – tbc)

Report: Leinster And Munster Play Out U-18 Women Interpro Cracker

CURRENT TABLE:

# Staff Pld W D. L PF PA BP PTS
1 LEINSTER 3 3 0 0 91 14 1 13
2 MUNSTER 3 1 0 2 71 54 2 6
3 CONNACHT 2 1 0 1 46 32 1 5
4 ULSTER 2 0 0 2 5 113 0 0

PWC IRFU UNDER-18 GIRLS INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP – TOP SCORERS:

POINTS –

20 – Amy Larn (Leinster)

16 – Éabha Nic Dhonnacha (Connacht)

15 – Emma Brogan (Leinster), Lyndsey Clarke (Munster), Ellie Cournane (Munster), Koren Dunne (Leinster)

14 – Kate Flannery (Munster), Abby Moyles (Leinster)

12 – Caitriona Finn (Munster)

10 – Robyn O’Connor (Leinster)

5 – Clara Barrett (Connacht), Beth Buttimer (Munster), Hannah Clarke (Connacht), Maia Finane (Ulster), Jess Griffey (Leinster), Aoibheann Hahessy (Munster), Prudence Isaac (Leinster), Niamh McCarthy (Munster), Sarah McCormick (Connacht), Ellen O’Toole (Connacht), Mila Sotoparra (Connacht), Eva Sterritt (Leinster)

2 – Abaigeal Connon (Leinster)

TRIES –

4 – Amy Larn (Leinster)

3 – Emma Brogan (Leinster), Lyndsey Clarke (Munster), Ellie Cournane (Munster), Koren Dunne (Leinster)

2 – Kate Flannery (Munster), Éabha Nic Dhonnacha (Connacht), Robyn O’Connor (Leinster)

1 – Clara Barrett (Connacht), Beth Buttimer (Munster), Hannah Clarke (Connacht), Maia Finane (Ulster), Emily Foley (Connacht), Jess Griffey (Leinster), Aoibheann Hahessy (Munster), Prudence Isaac (Leinster), Niamh McCarthy (Munster), Sarah McCormick (Connacht), Ellen O’Toole (Connacht), Mila Sotoparra (Connacht), Eva Sterritt (Leinster)

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