Garryowen boosted their hopes of securing a top four play-off position and a home semi-final to boot after securing a dramatic 8-5 victory over a gritty Terenure College side on the 3G pitch at Dooradoyle. This was second-placed Garryowen’s eighth victory in their last nine AIL fixtures.
A minutes silence was held before kick-off in memory of Garrett Fitzgerald, Former CEO of Munster Rugby, who passed away this week.
The heavy weekend rain resulted in Garryowen’s 1A fixture with Terenure College being switched from the grass pitch at Dooradoyle to the 3G surface
Terenure College, coached by former Garryowen assistant coach Sean Skehan, led 5-0 at half-time, thanks to a Robbie Smyth try off a well-executed maul.
Garryowen enjoyed plenty of possession and territory, but some excellent defending from ‘Nure, ensured the visitors kept their noses in front until well into the second half.
A crucial try from Munster winger Alex Wootton hauled Garryowen level well into the second half.
Garryowen made their pay when, after umpteen phases of possession close to the ‘Nure goaline, the ‘Light Blues’ changed tactic, with full-back Jamie Heuston securing a dramatic victory when landing a decisive drop goal with the final kick of the contest.