Jordan Larmour's phenomenal pick-up and try was the stand-out moment of Leinster's Pro14 win over the Scarlets in the Aviva stadium this afternoon. Leinster completed the league and cup double with a victory over the Scarlets in Dublin, Larmour's try effectively sealing what was a comfortable win for the European champions. The year-old winger has had a breakout season with the province, also winning a Grand Slam for Ireland, and he showed why he was such a hot commodity with a stunning piece of skill in the second half.
The try came as Larmour gathered a loose Scarlets quick and kicked forward into the empty backfield. The winger backed his pace to be first on the scene, hardly breaking stride as he dipped to catch the bouncing ball before strolling over. It has been a phenomenal season for Larmour, who was named in Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad to tour Australia earlier this week, and the talented youngster did his chances of selection no harm with his performance in Leinster's comprehensive victory. Jonathan Bradley Ulster's Darren Cave insists the province's trip to South Africa is no safari holiday and that results are the only order of the day.
Ultan Dillane on his journey from Paris to Tralee to Ireland international. Click here to subscribe on iTunes. Jordan Larmour scores sensational individual try in Leinster's Pro14 final victory Jordan Larmour of Leinster celebrates with team-mate Garry Ringrose. Sam Roberts May 26 8: Jordan Larmour scores sensational individual try in Leinster's Pro14 final victory.
Massive hikes in household essentials see Sport Newsletter The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning. The pre kick-off wish was for Connacht and Ulster to hit the ground running and, in whatever order, rejoin Leinster and Munster at the top table as Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy will make his first appearance in an Ulster jersey against Edinburgh on Friday night.
Monday morning in Leinster HQ, and the squad have just been made sit through the video review session of their opening-day, last-gasp win in Cardiff. Johann van Graan pulled off a Bertie Ahern impression at the post-match press conference in Limerick, referring regularly to the 80 minutes as a job done with more to do.
The next bit comes It was clear for all to see that Andy Friend is having an influence at Connacht, but a win is the next step for the new man in charge. If the beginning of the Dan McFarland era was an imperfect one, then the man himself wouldn't have had it any other way. The Cheetahs must have been relieved yesterday evening to run out onto a pristine pitch in temperatures from high summer. If that was a pleasant surprise then leaving empty-handed was less of one. The heat cooled with the sun dropping behind the west stand, and the tourists - for A last-ditch penalty by scrum-half John Cooney helped Ulster take the first tentative steps of wiping away the memory of last season's horrendous disasters with an opening Guinness PRO14 win This could, and probably should, have been a first-day victory for Andy Friend, who was left to rue a second-half collapse by his new Connacht side, who went into the final quarter against Glasgow in September is being billed as the month of champions in Galway and Connacht were given a reminder of how tough this competition is with this sickening Andy Friend becomes the third Connacht coach in as many years to welcome Glasgow to Galway on the opening day - and he will hope it won't be his last, unlike the previous two.
Ulster know their only realistic opportunity of silencing the talk of their annus horribilis is by ensuring they can guarantee positive air time by their efforts in this campaign.
Leinster snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as replacement Bryan Byrne came up with a late match-winning try to seal a dramatic victory over Cardiff Blues. Pre-season has been very different for Tommy Bowe this time around, yet when the lights go up this evening he will feel more nervous than he has Ultan Dillane on his journey from Paris to Tralee to Ireland international.
Click here to subscribe on iTunes. Sport Newsletter The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning. Forget women's rights - all that Serena was campaigning for at the Dublin worked slavishly hard for their All-Ireland successes and it's What do you think of this, Kieran Donaghy?