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Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Some big games in Division 2A this weekend as leaders Banbridge host Cashel while a title chasing Terenure face City of Derry.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, November 17

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Old Crescent (12th) v Old Wesley (8th), Rosbrien, 2pm

Old Crescent’s draw with Midleton in the last outing was enough to push them up to 12th in the table on seven points.

Old Wesley came out on the right side of a thrilling 34 – 33 point scoreline against Galwegians and that saw them up to 8th place.

The visitors have picked up two try bonuses to date and shown a willingness to run when given the opportunity. Rosbrien can be a tough place to win but the Dublin side should take the spoils.

Banbridge (1st) v Cashel (6th), Rifle Park

The Bann are on fire at the moment. Their on pitch performances matching the ambitions for their new pitch for all!

Four wins, four bonus points  and four points clear of the chasing pack – can anyone catch them? This is one of the games that play a big part in deciding the season!

Cashel know that feeling after their unbeaten run last season and are well in the chase again this time but can they stop Banbridge and can they pick up a bonus point if not?

Corinthians (2nd) v Midleton (12th), Corinthian Park

Corinthians lost out to Galwegians in the Galway derby last weekend but still sit in 2nd place in the table albeit the chasing pack now have a game in hand.

Midleton’s last outing saw them draw with Old Crescent and slip to 12th overall.

The Galway side had racked up three wins before last week and they will be keen to get back on track this weekend and should be good enough to take the points at home.

Galwegians (9th) v DLSP (14th), Crowley Park

Fresh from their Friday Night Lights win over city rivals Corinthians last weekend ‘Wegians will be hoping to climb the table with another win this weekend.

‘Salmo are young side in transition and may struggle this season but they are a game outfit depite only managing one win to date.

Home advantage and experience will tell.

Greystones (10th) V UCC (4th), Dr. Hickey Park

‘Stones last outing was a narrow loss away to Cashel and Saturday looks like being another tough test against a promotion chasing UCC.

That said UCC didn’t look as sharp against Bective in their more recent outing and will be aiming for more accuracy on Saturday.

An interesting tie for both sides as the home team are struggling mid table while the Cork students will want to maintain their winning run.

Highfield (7th) v Queens (16th), Woodleigh Park

Highfield’s big win over DLSP last time out pushed them to top end of the mid table clubs thanks to their try bonuses.

It has been a poor start to the season for Queens with no wins in their four games to date. They are looking like a shadow of recent teams.

Woodleigh Park will offer scant consolation to the visitors and the gritty Highfield outfit should add to their winning ways.

Terenure (3rd) v City of Derry (5th), Lakelands

A candidate for Match of the Day in this division as 3rd plays 5th with the teams separated on points difference.

‘Nure had their first taste of defeat in the league at the start of the month away to Seapoint but held steady in 3rd.

City of Derry came out of top in a 60 plus point thriller against Corinthians in their last outing.

‘Nure have notched up two try bonuses while their visitors have secured three and this promises to be a top game in Lakelands.

Bective (15th) v Seapoint (11th), Donnybrook

Bective are winless and 2nd from bottom in the Division – not a place they are used to being. Their three losing bonuses suggest they are a better side than current standings.

Seapoint’s win over Terenure in their last encounter could be a sign that they are back to winning ways and they will travel to Donnybrook with ambition.

A Dublin derby in Donnybrook should attract decent support and this could be an interesting game.