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Richmond continue their good run with league win over Newcastle West

By Aidan Corr
THE Munster junior rugby fixture list suffered another hit today with four of the five games involving Limerick clubs called off due to weather conditions. The only game played was the derby clash of Richmond and Newcastle West in Richmond Park which ended with the city side coming out on top but narrowly failing to get a winning bonus point.
MJL1, Richmond 19, Newcastle West 13: The meeting of these two great rivals was always going to be a close affair and the good crowd that made their way to the Canal Bank venue were not disappointed. With three tries scored, Richmond fans were hoping for that bonus point touchdown but Newcastle held out for a losing bonus point with some typically stubborn defensive work.
The home side had the better of the first half and led 14-6 at the break. A penalty try and a second try by Barry Laffan, converted by Tadhg Bennett, to a brace of Sean Herlihy penalties for Newcastle West told the story of that first 40 minutes. The second period was equally hard-fought with Brian O’Sullivan getting a try for the visitors, converted by Herlihy and Gearoid Phelan getting at the end of a good move for Richmond’s third try. The final minutes were tense with Newcastle West threatening to steal it but the green and whites held out for a victory that keeps them in contention for league honours.
Abbeyfeale could not travel to Bandon because of adverse weather conditions, the Youghal v Galbally game was cancelled for the same reason while the St Mary’s v Mitchelstown game, pencilled in for the Grove Island venue, was also the victim of the weather conditions on the morning of game. It was the second week in succession that St Mary’s have had a league game called off.
Coming up next week-end the next round of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup takes centre stage with the possibility of some cancelled league games also getting into the fixture list. In the cup Galbally are at home to Newcastle West, Richmond entertain Waterpark, Shannon host University College Cork and in the Munster Junior Plate, Bruff will welcome Thomond to Kilballyowen.
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