Munster A took on Connacht Eagles last Friday in a challenge game to prepare both provinces for a return to PRO14 action next weekend.
Tries from prop Jeremy Loughman and academy winger Conor Phillips guided Munster to a 16-7 victory at the Sportsground in a game that saw both academy players and experienced senior pros tog out side by side. Limerick outhalf Conor Fitzgerald started at outhalf for Connacht and scored all seven of their points by converting his own try.
The only score of the first half came through a Jack Crowley penalty for Munster. However, the second half burst to life with Loughman rumbling over soon after the break to make it 8-0. Disappointingly for Munster, Connacht were left straight back into it when the home team attacked dangerously and Conor Fitzgerald danced his way over to make it a one point game.
Munster later replied with a Jake Flannery penalty before an all-important late try from Conor Phillips secured the 16-7 win for the men in red.
Connacht Eagles: Conor Dean; Diarmuid Kilgallen, Shane Jennings, Cathal Forde, Oran McNulty; Conor Fitzgerald, Colm Reilly; Paddy McAllister, Dylan Tierney-Martin, Dominic Robertson-McCoy; Cian Prendergast, Darragh Murray; Sean O’Brien, Ciaran Booth, Sean Masterson.
Replacements from: Eoin de Buitlear, Charlie Ward, Conor Kenny, Hubert Costello, Oisin McCormack, Matthew Devine, Donnacha Byrne, Tiernan O’Halloran, Declan Adamson, Joshua Dunne, Diarmuid McCormack.
Munster A: Darren Sweetnam; Seán French (Jonathan Wren 60), Alex McHenry (Seán French 70), Jake Flannery, Liam Coombes (Conor Phillips 39); Jack Crowley, Paddy Patterson (Ethan Coughlan 60); Liam O’Connor (Josh Wycherley 50), Diarmuid Barron (Scott Buckley 67), Roman Salanoa (Jeremy Loughman, 40); Paddy Kelly, Thomas Ahern (Cian Hurley, 65); Alex Kendellen, Jack Daly (Eoghan Clarke, 70), Jack O’Sullivan.