TERENURE COLLEGE 23-22 GARRYOWEN, Lakelands Park
Young winger Jake Swaine's 82nd-minute penalty guided Terenure College to a nail-biting 23-22 comeback win over three-try Garryowen at Lakelands Park.
Garryowen's Kiwi captain Josh Hrstich crashed over on the end of a powerful early maul and was only just denied a second try approaching half-time, as Terenure struggled to cope with two yellow cards for Willie Devane (35 minutes) and Kevin O'Neill (37).
The Light Blues kept on course with converted efforts from Steve McMahon, who scored a brilliant breakaway score from his 22, and Neil Cronin for a 22-13 scoreline. However, Terenure snapped back to win by the minimum in the end as Swaine converted Stephen O'Neill's 62nd-minute try in the corner and held his nerve to land the decisive penalty kick.
BALLYNAHINCH 24-24 OLD BELVEDERE, Ballymacarn Park
Early tries from Rory O'Loughlin and Daniel Riordan set Old Belvedere on their way to a 34-24 bonus point triumph away to bottom side Ballynahinch.
Wingers Shane McDonald and O'Loughlin also crossed for 'Belvo in the second period, with the latter's 83rd-minute effort ensuring a five-point return for Paul Cunningham's men who are up to second in the Division 1A table.
Ireland Under-20 international Lorcan Dow, who lined out at openside flanker for 'Hinch, bagged a brace of first half tries. Ireland U-20 speedster Aaron Cairns dotted down to make it 29-24, but O'Loughlin had the final say for the Dubliners.
CORK CONSTITUTION 19-19 UCD, Temple Hill
A controversial late refereeing decision denied Cork Constitution a match-winning try as they drew 19-all with UCD at Temple Hill.
Cork Con looked comfortable at half-time, leading 16-5 after winger Darren Sweetnam touched down in the opening minute from a long clearance kick and out-half Tomas Quinlan contributed the other 11 points from the tee.
A fourth Quinlan penalty made it 19-5 in the 54th minute, but UCD fought back with scrum half Nick McCarthy nipping in under the posts and a converted penalty try then brought them level. They survived some late drama as Con had a try disallowed and also missed a drop goal.
GALWEGIANS 41-20 LANSDOWNE, Crowley Park
Galwegians claimed the scalp of defending champions Lansdowne with a stunning 41-20 bonus point victory in front of a vocal home crowd at Crowley Park.
Young out-half Aidan Moynihan kicked two penalties and converted Brian Murphy's 37th-minute try from the touchline to give 'Wegians a 13-8 interval lead. Murphy's score owed much to a fine burst from prop Jason East in the build-up.
A Joe O'Brien try from a charge down - two minutes into the second half - had Lansdowne ahead for the second time, but Matt Brown's men went on to dominate the closing half hour. Winger Ed O'Keeffe continued his rich vein of form with a brace of tries, while Ciaran Gaffney and Josh Pimm also touched down late on.
YOUNG MUNSTER 27-27 CLONTARF, Tom Clifford Park
Clontarf lost their grip on an 21-13 half-time advantage and needed a late Joey Carbery penalty to draw 27-27 with hosts Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park.
Despite missing out on a fourth straight victory, 'Tarf remain top of the Division 1A standings - a point clear of 'Belvo. Missed tackles from Munsters allowed the visitors through for three first half tries, including a sixth try in four outings for Leinster winger Mick McGrath.
Diarmaid Dee touched down from a rolling maul on the resumption, adding to an earlier effort from the Cookies' new South African scrum half Abrie Griesel, and the Limerick side went 27-24 up thanks to a Darragh O'Neill try. But Carbery's second three-pointer of the day ensured a share of the spoils.
BELFAST HARLEQUINS 20-38 BUCCANEERS, Deramore Park
Centres Alan Gaughan and Ben Carty accumulated 28 points between them as Buccaneers emerged as 38-20 bonus point winners over Buccaneers at Deramore Park.
The pair both touched down and shared out 18 points from the kicking tee, with hooker Sean Delahunt and full-back Callum Boland also plundering tries for Brett Wilkinson's Pirates.
Harlequins, trailing 18-3 at the break, improved considerably with a three-try second half salvo. Frankie Taggart crossed the whitewash for the second week running, but the northerners have now lost four games on the bounce.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE 19-23 ST MARY'S COLLEGE, Stradbrook
St. Mary's College collected their third successive Division 1B victory by defeating Dublin rivals Blackrock College 23-19 at Stradbrook.
In a game which saw the gate receipts go to the Berkeley tragedy fund, Blackrock led 16-13 at the break thanks to a maul try from flanker Sam Cooke and 11 points from the reliable boot of full-back Alan Hughes.
Ryan O'Loughlin and Mark Sexton touched down for St. Mary's during the opening 40 minutes and with Leinster's Darragh Fanning on as a replacement, the visitors had the better of the second period. A close-in scrum paved the way for back rower Barry O'Flanagan to score the clinching try in the dying minutes.
DOLPHIN 19-24 OLD WESLEY 24, Irish Indepenent Park
Winger Barry McLaughlin scored a try and kicked 14 points as Old Wesley maintained their table-topping form with a 24-19 success against Dolphin at Irish Independent Park.
But the Dubliners were made to fight all the way, with yellow cards for Wesley's Adam Kennedy and Josh Hinde leading to a helter-skelter finish. Indeed, Dolphin were held up over the line in injury-time as they hunted for a potential match-winning seven-pointer.
McLaughlin, who amassed 48 points during the first three rounds, converted his own try and landed three penalties for a 16-6 half-time scoreline. In a very physical contest, Cian McGovern's boot kept the hosts in touch and while replacement Niall O'Brien barged over for a second Wesley try, touchdowns from Chris Rowe and Will Hanly made Morgan Lennon's side sweat right to the final whistle.
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 39 UL BOHEMIANS 21, College Park
Dublin University's first home league match of the season saw them burst clear of UL Bohemians in the second half for a 39-21 bonus point win.
Poor discipline from Trinity saw Robbie Bourke boot UL to a 15-13 half-time lead at College Park, with a terrific ankle tap from young scrum half Angus Lloyd denying Bohs a try in the closing minutes of the half.
Bourke finished with a seven-penalty haul, but the hosts found an extra gear in attack as ex-Clontarf winger Max McFarland completed his brace, Brian du Toit touched down and fit-again out-half Jack McDermott starred with a 24-point tally, including two well-taken tries.
SHANNON 19 BALLYMENA 22, Coonagh
Second-placed Ballymena finished off this first block of four league games with a hard-fought 22-19 victory over Shannon at Coonagh.
Marcus Horan's hosts recovered well from the concession of a second minute try to Ballymena full-back Rodger McBurney, as prop Tony Cusack crossed in the ninth and 18th minutes to set the division's bottom side on their way to a 12-8 interval advantage.
Loosehead Conor Glynn scored a spectacular third try for Shannon, with Shane Airey's successful conversion extending the lead to 11 points. However, tries in the 68th and 77th minutes from winger Kieran Joyce and lock Connor Smyth - both converted by Ritchie McMaster - gave the fast-finishing Braidmen the points.