Following successive cup defeats in the last two weeks, Newcastle West bounced back with a 38-0 victory. This result puts the Kerry side in grave danger of relegation.
The winners ran in six tries, with Sean Kelly getting two and James Kelly, Sean Neville, Com Whelan and Sean Herlihy one apiece. Herlihy kicked three conversions and Whelan one.
Clonmel kept their challenge on track with a bonus point 39-6 home win over Skibbereen. Tries from Dave Lonergan and Neville Melbourne and two conversions and two penalties by Conor Cooney had Clonmel 20-6 ahead at half-time. Ger Hurley kicked two penalties for the visitors. Further tries from John Gallagher, Darragh Foley and Melbourne plus two Cooney conversions completed the scoring.
Clonakilty moved into third place after their 15-11 away win over Old Christians. Declan White, Mark Purcell and Dave Lombard scored tries for Clonakilty and the home side replied with a try from Paul Meaney and two penalties by Sean Meaney.
Muskerry’s challenge faltered when they lost away to Kilfeacle 22-7. Conor Hartigan scored two tries for the Tipperary side and Diarmuid Carr and Pat Ryan got one each, with Darren Lowry kicking one conversion. Muskerry were awarded a penalty try which Jonathan Buckley converted.
St. Mary’s had a 20-10 home win over St. Senan’s. Keith Ryan and John Barry were try scorers for Mary’s and Sean Lyons converted both tries and also added two penalties. Rob Phelan was Senan’s try scorer and Declan Rowe converted and also kicked a penalty.
Waterpark eased their relegation worries with a 28-10 away win over Cobh Pirates. John O’Brien scored two tries for the Suirsiders and Kieran Butler one. O’Brien kicked two conversions and three penalties. Noel O’Donovan was Cobh’s try scorer and Eoin Geary converted and also added a penalty.
Kinsale remain bottom after their 17-11 home defeat by Galbally. Phillip Moore scored two tries for the Limerick side and Sean Bourke converted both and also added a penalty. Colm McCarthy scored a try for Kinsale and Barry McGorey kicked two penalties.
Bandon continued their push towards promotion in Division Two with a 48-0 home win over Mallow. Kevin Brophy (2), Mighty Okafor, Gearoid Crowley, Mark Phelan, Jack Murphy and Mike Murphy were their try scorers. Richard Walsh kicked two conversions and a penalty and Sean Óg Murphy added three conversions.
The two sides challenging Bandon met at Clanwilliam, where the home side defeated Castleisland 15-3. Gavin Hickey and Paul Ryan scored tries for the Tipperary side and Brian Kissane kicked a conversion and a penalty. Connie Reynolds replied with a penalty for the visitors.
Thurles kept up their challenge with a 48-8 away win over Killarney. Eoghan Dwyer (4), Brian Lyons, Joey Kelly and Peter Coman scored tries and Aidan Dwyer converted five and also added a penalty. Ambrose O’Donovan replied with a try for Killarney and Hilary McCarthy kicked a penalty.
A last minute try from Dean Guilfoyle converted by Sean Hayes earned Ennis a 7-6 away win over Newport. Phillip O’Brien kicked two penalties for the home side.
Presentation defeated Youghal 23-14 with tries from Alan Daly and Eoin Lynch. Greg Airey converted both and added three penalties.