The wonderfully named Matisse Lamarque d’Arrouzat emerged as the unlikely hero as Constitution of cork clinched a spot in the Energia All-Ireland League semi-finals with a 21-17 win over Lansdowne.
Energia All-Ireland League: Results roundup
Division 1A semi-finals (April 23): Clontarf v Cork Constitution, Castle Avenue; Terenure College v Lansdowne, Lakelands Park
Division 1A Final (May 1)
First leg of the relegation play-offs (April 23): UCC v Ballynahinch, the Mardyke
Second leg of the relegation play-offs (April 30): Ballynahinch v UCC, Ballymacarn Park
The Frenchman’s first attempt in the league for the club, five minutes from the end todayThe Temple Hill thriller, saw Cork Con retain fourth place in Division 1A, setting up a trip to table bosses Clontarf in two weeks.
Needing a final round victory to hold off the University of Dublin charge, the former captain of Con niall kenneally came down from the right wing for the first try of the game in the 13th minute.
However, Lansdowne, who were already guaranteed to finish at least third, gradually increased their attack. They built through the phases before springing the winger James Reynolds wide to close the gap to 7-5.
The visitors made it a quick double, Andy Marks release Stephane Madigan so that the corner borders them in front. Then a brilliant attack, unleashed by center Marks, just at half-time saw the full-back Mills of Eamonn pass. Charlie Tector converted for a 17-7 lead.
by Brian Hickey words at halftime had the desired effect for Con, with Munster’s Sean French drill to send the second line Cian Barry under the posts in the 44th minute.
Skipper Aidan Moynihan converted, but Con was forced back on the defensive when the hooker Max Abbott was charged for a deliberate forward as he tried to intercept a pass from Lansdowne.
In his absence, the reigning Division 1A champions were tenacious in their tackles and kept Lansdowne at bay. Indeed, with their Rory Burke– an inspired scrum in dominant form, Leesiders went on for the match-winning try.
Their handling and line-up let them down in a few promising situations, but Larmaque d’Arrouzat picked up another replacement Duncan Williams’ inviting to offload and powered in under two defenders for the decisive score, converted by Moynihan.
Lansdowne will be out for Terenure College who cemented second place with a dazzling 50-14 away triumph UDC.
Cork Students have a relegation play-off against Ballynahinch to plan for, so facing in-form Terenure was a tough ask by Neil Lucey very varied selection.
‘Nure’s Craig Adams netted a hat-trick on tries in the 50th minute, taking his season tally to 14. The visitors finished with eight tries in all, the Adams winger Caolan Dooley racking up 15 points with one try and five conversions.
Clontarf concluded the regular season with its 17th win, overcoming a fiery UCD side 35-17. ‘Prolific prostitute of Tarf Dylan Donnellan sits proudly at the top of the tries standings with 17 tries, following another double at Belfield.
from Leinster Chris Cosgrave converted his own essay, in response to Tadhg Birds opens for ‘Tarf, and Ross Degan scored from a cross kick to keep UCD on the heels of the league leaders.
However, Captain Clontarf Matt D’Arcy rushed under the posts in the 37th minute and nine minutes into the second half, Donnellan deftly rounded the tackle attempt from full-back Cosgrave to move on Andy Wood’s men into a 28-12 lead.
Barry Gray and Jack Gardiner traded further tries, with the result seeing UCD finish eighth overall, two points behind early season leaders garryowen who were beaten 34-12 by a semi-final chase Trinity the last day.
by Tony Smeeth The youngsters hoped Cork Con would make a mistake, but unfortunately they missed out on the top four by a single championship point.
A well-designed alignment move released the center Gavin Jones for Trinity’s opening try at Dooradoyle, the students build a 17-0 half-time lead with influential forwards Harry Sheridan and Thomas Clarkson also crossing the whitewash.
Tricky winger Ronan Quinn picked up two tries in the second half, before the Light Blues rallied at halfbacks Ed Barry and Tony Butler both pointing down. from Leinster Max O’Reilly had the last word for visitors, with Quinn the supplier.
Preparing for their two-man relegation shootout with UCC, Ballynahinch picked up a first timely win since February as they got the better of Young Munster on a score of 17-10.
Ulster Academy back Conor Rankin showed his kicking ability with four well-kicked penalties for ‘Hinch. Hooker Josh Hanlon driven for their test drive, while Eoin O’Connor and Shane Malone requested Cookies testing.