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U19 Open Their Account On Friday

16th September 2009 By Munster Rugby

The Under 19s open their Interprovincial account on Friday evening at Thomond Park Stadium in the first of a double-header against Leinster (5.30pm).

The Under 19s open their Interprovincial account on Friday evening at Thomond Park Stadium in the first of a double-header against Leinster (5.30pm).

Munster U19 Squad (v Leinster ko 5.30): Derry O’Connor (Abbeyfeale), Jurgen Quinlivan (Ennis), Cian O’Shea (Garryowen), Ben Sargant (Shannon), Stephen Collins (Ennis), Robin Healy (Garryowen), Adrian Doyle (Newcastle West), Cian Bohane (Dolphin), Jonathon Holland (Sunday’s Well), Andrew Kelleher (Cashel), Sean Upton (Young Munster), Ivan Sherlock (Garryowen), Conail Murphy (UCC), Dara Arthurs (Young Munster), Gearoid Crowe (Ennis), Brian Costigan (Clanwilliam), Kevin O’Byrne (Highfield), Michael Madden (Shannon), Gavin Herbert (Old Crescent), Colm Considine (Ennis), Scott Hornibrooke (Waterpark), John Cleary (Bruff), Jack Flannery (UL Bohemians), Jack Considine (Young Munster), Mark Corby (Clonmel), Aaron O’Brien (Shannon), Ian Mullarkey (Dolphin), Kieran Ryan (Sunday’s Well), Kevin Doyle (Old Crescent).

They completed their preparations with a final warm up match against a UCC selection in the Mardyke last Friday night, going down narrowly 27-24 in a closely contested game, played in excellent conditions on one of the best surfaces in the country.

Munster started brightly and took an early lead with a Ben Sargent try after a break by fellow centre Cian Bohane. Once UCC found their feet however – using their superior physicality and strength in the tackle- they scored two converted tries and a penalty to take a commanding 17- 8 into the break.

Both sides rung the changes for the second half with UCC continuing to dominate.Capitalising on their superior physical strength they used their rolling maul to good effect and stretched their lead a with try out wide.

Munster 19s to their credit worked their way back into the game and a series of good phases resulted in a well worked try from Kevin O’Byrne that Sargent converted. The centre kept the scoreboard ticking over with 3 further penalties to tie the game with five minutes of normal time remaining.

In the end-game UCC managed to make their experience count, forcing the penalty to snatch the spoils.

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