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Grace Davitt stars in Cooke's tasty victory over St Mary's

By Jonathan Bradley

Cooke Ladies were the big winners in the All-Ireland League over the weekend as new coach and former Ireland star Grace Davitt inspired the side to a five-try romp against St Mary's.

The 2013 Grand Slam winner, who only took the job last month, saw her newly promoted side reduced to 14 players through a red card but they still came away from Dublin with a 31-5 bonus-point win.

Having intimated that she was set to retire from playing last month, the centre was once again to the fore at Templeville Road where she crossed for the second-half try that sealed the five-pointer.

Cooke had led through first-half scores from Emma Rea and Eliza Downey but, even after the dismissal, their line was breached just once.

Out-half Downey then scored again while Lesley Megarity provided an added gloss with the fifth and final try in the last minute.

The south Belfast side, who have now won two and lost two of their four games in the top flight, host Galwegians at Shaw's Bridge on Sunday afternoon while fellow Ulster team Queen's welcome Old Belvedere to the Dub.

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