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Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Three of the top four clubs – Terenure, UCC and Corinthians- have home games this weekend while leaders Banbridge are on the road to Limerick.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, December 2

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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City of Derry (8th) v Galwegians (6th), Judge’s Road

A key tie for the home side given that they are three points behind their visitors but they do have a game in hand.

City of Derry need to sort out their defence lapses as they are minus 40 points. They lost to Terenure recently but pipped Corinthians in 60 point game at home in early November.

‘Wegians had a big win over DLSP in their last game and will travel with come confidence.

Corinthians (4th) v Greystones (11th), Corinthian Park

Four wins and three try bonuses have the Galway side well set as we approach the midpoint of the season. Saturday is another chance to keep up the good work.

Greystones have lost to Cashel and UCC in their last two outings and badly need a win to get back on track.

The visitors will need to improve their overall points tally also as they have yet to break the century mark in points for. All in all it points to a home win.

Midleton (14th) v Highfield (5th), Towns Park

A Cork derby in Towns Park on Saturday may offer little in the way of home comfort as Midleton struggle at the bottom end of the table.

To be fair they haven’t conceded as many points as a number of teams above them in the table, but they have struggled to score.

Highfield are four points off the top four and need a win to ensure they keep in touch with the leading pack. They have scored 89 points in their last two games – against the bottom two sides and look set to add more on Saturday.

Old Crescent (13th) v Banbridge (1st), Rosbrien

Like Cashel in Division 2B last season, the Bann are starting to look unstoppable. Five games, five wins, 200 points and four try bonuses. ‘Nuff said.

Old Crescent are in choppy waters in 13th place level with Bective and Midleton and Saturday will hold little comfort for them.

An away win then and an extension of the unbeaten run.

Old Wesley (7th) v Cashel (9th), Donnybrook

Wesley won their two games in November, beating Old Crescent and Galwegians and with 15 points in the bag are still in touching distance of the top four.

Cashel have had a rude awakening in Division 2A after their unbeaten run in Division 2B last season. They are not conceding too many points but they are just not scoring the way they did.

Saturday will be an interesting tie then as we measure whether the home side can keep up their winning form and whether Cashel will make the grade this season.

Seapoint (10th) v DLSP (16th), Kilbogget Park

Seapoint lost to Bective in their last outing so they will be hoping to make amends in yet another Dublin derby this weekend.

DLSP shipped 89 points in November and look to be in trouble this season.

A young side, they will certainly persevere but they badly need a confidence boost in the shape of a win.

Terenure (2nd) v Bective Rangers (12th), Lakelands

Four wins, a healthy points difference and three try bonuses. ‘Nure are a force again this season.

Bective’s win over Seapoint was their first of the season so the trip to Lakelands will be a tough one.

There should be a good crowd for this fixture between two of Dublin’s venerable clubs. ‘Nure to win but can they close the gap on Banbridge?

UCC (3rd) v Queen’s (15th) , The Mardyke

Contrasting fortunes so far this season for these two university sides. The Cork students are flying high with four wins and three try bonuses while Queen’s are winless.

Interestingly the visitors have managed two try bonuses as well as two losing bonuses to keep them ahead of last placed DLSP.

They can score then, but they just can’t seem to get a win!