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.
Shannon took their fourth win in four games to reclaim top spot in Division One of the AIB League in Castle Avenue today. Having missed out on the playoffs last season Shannon are now two points clear of beaten finalists Cork Con who drew 12 - 12 with champions Garryowen.
Old Belvedere grabbed their first win of the campaign with a 21 - 15 victory over Dublin neighbours Terenure College. Fellow promotees greystones also bagged their first winning points with a two point win away to Dungannon.
St. Mary's College continue without a win after they lost out by 10 - 3 at UL Bohs, though they did garner a third losing bonus point.
Ballymena 19 - 0 UCD
Clontarf 16 - 23 Shannon
Cork Con 12 - 12 Garryowen
Dungannon 14 - 16 Greystones
Lansdowne 8 - 24 Blackrock College
Old Belvedere21 - 15 Terenure College
Ul Bohs 10 - 3 St. Mary's College
Young Munster continue to set the pace in Division 2 with a ten point win over Barnhall leaving them two points clear of UCC, who won at home to Buccs, at the top of Division 2.
Thomond and Trinity played out a three all draw, while Highfield - home club of IRFU president Der Healy - beat Ballynahinch by a point. Bective picked up their first win of the season with a four point win over fellow Dubliners DLSP while promoted Wanderers picked up their second win of the campaign with a 26 - 0 thumping of Old Crescent.
Clonakilty 10 - 15 Belfast Harlequins
DLSP 8 - 12 Bective Rangers
Highfield 11 - 10 Ballynahinch
Suttonians 10 - 13 Malone
Thomond 3 - 3 Dublin University
UCC 16 - 3 Buccaneers
Wanderers 26 - 0 Old Crescent
Young Munster 16 - Barnhall 6
It is tight at the top of Division three with Bruff and Inst. tied on 19 points. They both picked up home wins, though Bruff's 20 point margin over near neighbours Nenagh Ormond sees them ahead on points difference as Inst only managed a one margin against Queens.
Banbridge are just three points adrift after their victory over Naas. At the bottom of the table Co. Carlow remain winless but did manage a draw with Midleton, while City of Derry are also winless as they lost to Corinthians.
Banbridge26 - 17 Naas
Bruff 20 - 0 Nenagh Ormond
City of Derry 17 - 27 Corinthians
Connemara 23 - 11 Waterpark
Instonians 22 - 21 Queen's University
Midleton 6 - 6 Co. Carlow
Sundays Well 12 - 6 Ards