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AIB League: Division 3 Previews

AIB League: Division 3 Previews

There are seven matches down for decision in AIB League Division 3 this Saturday, with leaders Instonians’ trip to Connemara being postponed. Second-placed Wanderers and Midleton, in third, will be hoping to take advantage and move top of the table.

AIB LEAGUE: DIVISION 3: Saturday, October 31

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Banbridge (10th) v Naas (15th), Rifle Park

The Andre Bester-coached Bann picked up their first win last weekend and will be aiming to get their second when Naas come calling this weekend. The County Kildare side let slip a 10-point lead against Portadown last time out.

Barnhall (7th) v Nenagh Ormond (6th), Parsonstown 

An intriguing tie is promised in Parsonstown on Saturday. Both clubs have won two out of three. The Tipperary men picked up a narrow win over Sunday’s Well last weekend while Barnhall lost to new table toppers Instonians.

Midleton (3rd) v County Carlow (16th), Towns Park

County Carlow’s woes look set to continue this weekend when they visit Towns Park. Midleton have already accounted for Carlow’s provincial neighbours Naas and Navan, while Carlow have yet to pick up a win. With Instonians not playing this weekend, the Cork side will hope to take top spot.

Portadown (8th) v Queen’s University (5th), Chambers Park 

This Ulster derby should be an interesting game. Queen’s have picked up a few scalps in the league and cup in recent weeks, culminating with an 11-try win over Connemara last week. Portadown lost on the opening weekend but have since beaten Naas and Nenagh Ormond.

Sunday’s Well (11th) v Ards (14th), Musgrave Park

The ‘Well lost narrowly in bad weather conditions last weekend while Ards made Wanderers scrap for the points. Neither side looks set to be in the promotion zone later in the season, so points are valuable at this stage of the campaign.

Suttonians (12th) v Navan (4th), John J McDowell Memorial Grounds 

Navan were welcomed to Division 3 last weekend when Midleton brought their winning run to an end with a tight 5-3 defeat. The Meath men have serious ambitions and while Suttonians are struggling, they know all about AIB League rugby and will present a tough test.

Wanderers (2nd) v Rainey Old Boys (9th), Merrion Road

The Merrion Road outfit were made to work hard up in Ards last Saturday. Rainey will also be a tough, nuggety side but Wanderers will be aiming for top of the table with Instonians not playing this weekend. Yet another chance to warm up for Leinster at the RDS on Saturday.