Cork Constitution 26 Buccaneers 0

Cork Con had far too much for Buccaneers scoring a 26-0 victory in Temple Hill, Cork.

While the defending champions were worthy winners, the midlanders contributed to their own downfall with errors helping the hosts to three of their tries.

The Pirates defence was not found wanting until a Luke Carty clearance from inside his own 22 was blocked down and the home sides didn’t waste a gilt-edged opportunity with fullback Joe White sallying in for the opening score on 13 minutes.

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Aidan Moynihan converted this try from the left. The opening quarter had elapsed before Buccs got a meaningful foothold in home territory.

This stemmed from a slick move involving McKeon, Rory O’Connor and Shane Layden up the left flank.

When possession was transferred cross-field a determined Meagher made inroads before being driven over the Cork Con line in the right corner after 24 minutes.

However referee Jonny Erskine ruled out the try for the visitors due to a double movement.

Buccaneers Rob Jermyn was sin-binned for a deliberate knock on when he cut out O’Meara’s offload to Cian Romaine with the line beckoning.

Buccaneers continued to search for a score but Layden knocked on when stretching for the home line near the posts on the half-hour mark.

Buccs skipper then conceded a penalty on half way four minutes later that brought Cork Con to the red zone on Buccs left flank, Sean Duffy showed more clinical finishing to power in for an unconverted try that gave the Rebels a 12-0 halftime lead.

A careless offload was accepted gratefully by Luke Cahill for a gift-wrapped 48th minute try. Moynihan added an excellent touchline conversion to stretch the home advantage to 19-0.

Cork Con then went in search of a bonus point try but the midlanders battled gamely and indeed looked like taking the bare look off the scoreboard in the closing stages.

In the final move of the match, Con snatched a vital fourth try when centre Ned Hodson finished an end to end sweeping counter attack.

Moynihan duly converted to put further gloss on the 26-0 scoreline that flattered the victors and did little justice for a luckless Buccs effort.

The bonus point secured by Con helped them move up to second place on the league table while Buccaneers remain anchored at the bottom.

Cork Constitution: J.White, L.O’Connell, M.Clune (G.Bradley 79), N.Hodson, R.Jermyn (B.Galvin 65), A.Moynihan, J.Hurley, B.Quinlan, M.Abbott (V.O’Brien 65), G.Sweeney (D.Murphy 59), B.Hayes, S.Duffy (S.Dwyer 72), J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.

Buccaneers: A.Gaughan, D.Corbett, S.Layden, B.Carty, R.O’Connor, L.Carty, C.McKeon (G.Lynch 65), M.Staunton (N.Farrelly 69), E.Maher, C.Kenny (B.Diffley 60), S.Meagher, C.Romaine, J.Sutton (J.Foley 79), E.Galvin, R.O’Meara.

Referee: Jonny Erskine (IRFU).