Cork Constitution were left stunned by a second-half Old Belvedere blitz at Anglesea Road on Saturday.
Brian Walsh’s men have developed a habit of pulling tight League games out of the fire in recent weeks, and this looked set to follow script as Con went in 8-5 down at the break.
Cork native and Ireland U19 out-half Steve Crosbie instigated the move which saw Belvedere captain Daniel Riordan cross for his second try just after the break, and the Dubliners didn’t look back, Riordan completing his hat-trick as they scored four more tries to seal a 44-13 success.
Leaders Lansdowne made it five wins from six as they outclassed UL Bohemians 36-13.
Ben Martin converted his own try to give Bohs a great start but tries from Craig Ronaldson and Marc Feeley moved Lansdowne into a 12-10 lead. Cian Aherne dotted down twice as Lansdowne stretched their legs from there.
Clontarf exacted some revenge for last season’s defeat at Musgrave Park as they edged out Dolphin 20-18.
Darragh Fitzpatrick belatedly found his shooting boots to seal victory with the game’s last kick after his side had outscored the hosts three tires to two but found themselves a point down in the closing exchanges.
Shannon have been cut adrift at the bottom of the table after St Mary’s College won the battle of the basement sides 10-3 at Coonagh, with Robbie Hudson and Kevin Croke crossing for the all-important tries.
The Parish, the most successful club in AIL history, have lost all six of their games so far and are now eight points behind nearest rivals UL Bohs and Mary’s.
Division 1B looks increasingly like a two-way title fight between Ballynahinch and Dublin University. ’Hinch did most of the damage in the first half as they won 43-24 at Ballymena — building up a 33-point lead at the break — while the opposite was true for Trinity, who raced away from varsity rivals UCD in the second half to win 36-14.
The duo are locked on 26 points each at the summit with ’Hinch edging it on points difference, nine points clear of Malone — who lost at Buccaneers — in third. Bruff boosted their chances of edging away from a relegation battle as they squeezed past Belfast Harlequins 21-17 to move up to seventh.
UCC’s resurgence continued in Division 2A as they routed Greystones 33-8 to move into a three-way tie for second with Terenure and Corinthians, four points behind leaders Banbridge whose 100% record survived the visit of Cashel as they won out 25-12.
Highfield won a stonker of a game with Queens University 40-33 but Midleton are sliding towards the foot of the table after a comprehensive 30-6 loss at Corinthians.
Nenagh Ormond moved into contention for the Division 2B title with a good win away to Instonians but Clonakilty’s woes continued as they were humbled 72-0 by mid-table NUIM Barnhall.
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