AIL review: Garryowen edge towards promotion play-offs

AIL promotion-chasing Garryowen, recent winners of the Munster Senior Challenge Cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO.

AFTER the penultimate round of fixtures in the All-Ireland Rugby League, Garryowen (Division 1B) and Bruff (2C) are primed to reach the play-off phase of the competition.

On Easter Saturday, Munster Senior Challenge Cup winners Garryowen had a 28-3 away win at Old Belvedere with tries from Colm Quilligan, Jack Oliver, and Jeronimo Ureta Saenz Peña. Kelvin Langan kicked three penalties and two conversions.

The result has Light Blues in third place, and host Highfield in Dooradolye next weekend.

Meanwhile, Bruff made certain of their place in the promotion play-offs from Division 2C with a 26-21 away win at Enniscorthy. Paul Collins scored two tries and three conversions, with Seán O’Riordan and Brendan Gleeson also crossing the whitewash.

In 1A, relegation-bothered Shannon secured an important 37-22 win over fierce rivals Young Munster at Thomond Park.

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The winners outscored their opponents five tries (Will Reilly, Jordan Prenderville 2, Stephen Kiely and Daniel Okeke) to three (James O’Brien 2, and James Horrigan). Mike Cooke converted three tries and also landed a couple of penalties for Shannon, while Tony Butler added the extras to a couple of Munsters’ tries and kicked two penalties.

In 2A, Nenagh Ormond made sure of the  title with a convincing 27-12 home win over their nearest challengers MU Barnhall. Willie Coffey scored two tries for the Tipperary side, Derek Corcoran, John Healy, and Patrick Scully were the other try scorers. Josh Rowland kicked two conversions,

Elsewhere, Old Crescent lost at home to Navan 24-19, a result that could see them miss out on a play-off place. Gareth Quinn McDonagh scored Crescent’s try and Ronan McKenna converted and added four penalties.

UL Bohemian were beaten 32-19 at Banbridge.