RUGBY: D’Arcy praise for Clontarf’s patience

by Aaron Dunne
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Clontarf captain Matt D’Arcy praised the patience his side showed to beat Ballynahinch 24-14 despite suffering two second-half yellow cards.

The Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A leaders lost back rowers Tony Ryan and JJ O’Dea to the bin in quick succession, with ‘Hinch winger Aaron Cairns completing his brace.

However, ‘Tarf displayed their champion pedigree by forcing a penalty try from a maul and hooker Dylan Donnellan continued his outstanding form with his 16th try of the season.

Centre D’Arcy, who crossed from a brilliant six-man move in the first half, said: “It was very, very tough. We knew it was going to be a dog-fight and that’s what it was. I think we stayed patient, backed ourselves and got there in the end.”

Second-placed Terenure are also within touching distance of a home semi-final, having hammered relegated Garryowen 52-0 with two rounds remaining. Scrum half Alan Bennie helped himself to a hat-trick.

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Lansdowne hooker Tadgh McElroy went one better, scoring all four of their tries in a 32-10 win over Dublin Uni which moves them away from trouble.

Meanwhile, former Ireland back rowers Sean O’Brien and Chris Henry rolled back the years to line out for their respective clubs, Naas and Malone, in Division 1B. O’Brien made his long-awaited home debut at number eight as Naas won 25-17 to end Old Belvedere’s eight-match winning run, while Henry was on bench duty as Malone lost their crunch derby with Banbridge, going down 35-29.  The top three clubs all lost, with leaders City of Armagh beaten 13-6 by Old Wesley.

Alex Molloy breaks through the Armagh defence during Old Wesley’s win over City of Armagh. Picture: Ken Richardson/Old Wesley

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