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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

An unbeaten Rainey lead the way but Nenagh Ormond, Boyne, Naas and Navan are all within touching distance of them as the action kicks in this weekend.

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

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Ards (14th) v Instonians (11th), Hamilton Park

Ards sole win to date was over bottom placed Connemara and look set to struggle. That said they will always be up for a derby game!

Inst. lost both of their games in November so they are going to Hamilton Park in search of their third win.

An away win is the more likely but both sides are in for a long season.

Armagh (7th) v Navan (5th),Palace Grounds

Only a point separates these teams but Armagh are coming in on the back of a loss to Skerries, while Navan beat Thomond last time out.

Armagh have notched up 3 try bonus points so far but Navan will be a tougher nut to crack on Saturday.

Navan’s four wins have brought them two try bonuses and they will be on the hunt for another win this weekend but it won’t be easy in Armagh.

Naas (4th) v Suttonians (8th), Forenaughts

Naas lost their first game of the season to Boyne last time out but they look well equipped to keep challenging this season.

Suttonians are ‘top’ of mid table bunch with fifteen points, just three behind their hosts on Saturday.

Form favours Naas but Suttonians have managed two try bonuses and a win here would be a real boost for them.

Nenagh Ormond (2nd) v Skerries (9th), New Ormond Park

A good run so far for the Tipp side with a good points difference and three try bonuses from their four wins.

Skerries have found a bit of form recently with a draw against Thomond followed by a win over Armagh. That last performance should be the template for them but Saturday will be a much stiffer test.

Form and home advantafe favour Nenagh Ormond but it will be a tough old game.

Rainey OB (1st) v Sligo (10th), Hatrick Park

Five wins out of five and the tightest defence in the Division and the league with only 46 points conceded.

Sligo travel on the back of a win over Ards but they will surely struggle against the pace and power that Rainey bring to bear.

A home win then and an extension to the unbeaten run.

Sunday’s Well (12th) v NUIM Barnhall (6th), Musgrave Park

The Well’s two wins have come over Thomond and Clonakilty, both lower than them in the table.

NUIM Barnhall have done well from their three wins and two losses, managing a bonus point in every game so far.

They had two big wins in November – against Ards and Thomond and are on a bit of a roll that should see them through the trip to Musgrave Park on Saturday.

Thomond (13th) v Boyne (3rd), Liam Fitzgerald Park

Ten places and fourteen points separate these teams in the league.  Thomond are still without a win, although they did garner a losing bonus point against Navan last time out.

Boyne won their last two games and are going nicely with four wins and two try bonus points.

An away win is on the cards then as form favours the visitors.

Please note that due to the death of a prominent member of the Connemara club, the UBL Div 2B match between Clonakilty and Connemara, fixed for this Saturday December 1st 2012 has been postponed. A refix date will be announced shortly.