Paddy Jackson looks set for Ulster return after Ravens outing
The fact that it ended in defeat for the Ulster Ravens won't have caused too much angst as this friendly against Munster A saw Paddy Jackson come through his first game-time since January with no ill-effects.
Jackson played 40 minutes in this interprovincial at Nenagh Ormond's ground and could well be parachuted straight in for next Friday's PRO12 meeting with Cardiff Blues in Belfast.
The 23-year-old, who had been out since dislocating his elbow at Toulon, kicked a first-half conversion in what was a useful hit-out even though the Ravens went down 30-24.
After the home side had opened the scoring with a Rory Scannell penalty, the Ravens took the lead after Bronson Ross got on the end of a driving maul. Jackson missed the extras but the Ravens' lead was short-lived as Scannell then converted Shane Buckley's try. But the Ravens then came back with a penalty try from another powerful maul being converted by Jackson.
But Munster A hit back with a Scannell penalty seeing them lead 13-12 at half time. A Neil Cronin try, converted by Scannell, made it 20-12 to the home side before Mark Best's score brought the Ravens back to within three points.
Another Munster try from Ben Kilkenny with a Scannell conversion gave them a 10-point lead before the Ravens were awarded a second penalty which was converted by Michael Heaney. Scannell had the final say with a late penalty.