12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
All the teams in the top half of the table enjoyed a good weekend. Young Munster in second and Highfield in third enjoyed home wins over Wanderers and Dublin University respectively. Fourth placed Belfast Harlequins had a two point win away to Thomond while Malone had a single point victory over Ulster rivals Ballynahinch.
Bective Rangers 20 - 20 U.C.C.
Clonakilty 29 - 0 Old Crescent
D.L.S.P. 39 - 10 Barnhall
Highfield 36 - 19 Dublin University
Malone 16 - 15 Ballynahinch
Suttonians 19 - 25 Buccaneers
Thomond 16 - 18 Belfast Harlequins
Young Munster 16 - 0 Wanderers
Saturday, February 9 looks like being a crucial date in the Division Three calendar. While promotion and play-offs will keep the top four keen the league title looks set to come down to a winner takes all between Bruff and Instonians on that date.
Connemara gave Bruff one of their sternest tests to date and racked up 16 points - the most Bruff have conceded in a game this season - it was still not enough to break the winning streak of the table toppers.
Inst. enjoyed a 38 - 13 win over Sunday's Well to leave them just three points adrift of the pace setters. Queens will still entertain hopes of a promotion spot as their win over City of Derry leaves them just five points behind Instonians, while Banbridge's win over Old Wesley makes the top four playoff spots a certainty.
Banbridge 15 - 10 Old Wesley
Co. Carlow 10 - 6 Nenagh
Connemara 16 - 21 Bruff
Corinthians 22 - 20 Ards
Instonians 38 - 13 Sundays Well
Midleton 39 - 10 Rainey OB
Naas 26 - 6 Waterpark
Queens University 38 - 7 City of Derry