By Mark Jones
DUBLIN — Although rugby’s provincial cups are no longer the big deal of old, Shannon were clearly buoyant at capturing the club’s 13th success in Munster when they defeated Limerick rivals Young Munster 24-12 at Thomond Park on Sunday.
Jason Hayes and Mossie Lawlor scored the winners’ tries, while captain Andrew Thompson kicked 14 points.
Meanwhile, Eric Elwood secured his first-ever provincial cup medal when Galwegians won the Connacht decider with a 25-6 victory over Buccaneers at the Sportsground. Former international out-half Elwood was the star of the show with a try, two penalties and two conversions.