Terenure’s push for promotion got a real boost last weekend when they beat challengers Banbridge can they sustain it against Greystones? UCC are still out in front while the Bann will hope to bounce back against Corinthians.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, January 26
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –
Banbridge (3rd) v Corinthians (4th), Rifle Park
The Bann’s promotion hopes took a dent last weekend when they lost heavily to Terenure but they are still only three points behind them in the table.
This weekend they face another test as they host 4th placed Corinthians who are level with them on points.
The Galway side come in to the game on the back of a good win over Highfield last weekend.
With ten try bonus points between them both this could be a cracking game but it is tough to call.
Bective (16th) v Old Wesley (6th), Donnybrook
Donnybrook Fair used to be a byword for disorderly conduct but that all stopped back in 1855. That said this local derby in Donnybrook will always have the sparks flying.
This is the one game when home advantage does not apply so form is the only guide. On that basis the ‘away’ team has the edge.
Four wins and three try bonuses has Old Wesley pushing for top four status and they may relish adding to their neighbours troubled season.
Cashel (9th) v UCC (1st), Spafield
Cashel didn’t play last weekend due to the weather but in many ways those games in hand could help later in the season.
This weekend they host league leaders UCC in what promises to be a great Munster derby.
UCC beat Old Wesley in Dublin last week and the trip to Tipp won’t faze them as they continue to press for honours.
An away win looks on the cards but those Cashel boys will be tough to beat.
DLSP (15th) v City of Derry (7th), Kirwan Park
‘Salmo’s tough season continued last week with loss to Midleton. This Saturday sees them up against a City of Derry side that enjoyed a big win last time out.
The visitors have the ability to run in tries and with four try bonuses to date they will be hoping to add to their tally this weekend.
The home time badly need a win though as Greystones, just ahead of them in the table, have a game in hand.
Galwegians (8th) v Midleton (13th), Crowley Park
‘Wegians are being outshone by their city rivals this season and their season is in the balance as they sit mid-table.
Midleton’s win last weekend over DLSP was a key one in the relegation zone and has lifted them to 13th in the table
A home win is the likely result though.
Greystones (14th) v Terenure College (2nd), Dr. Hickey Park
Greystones’ postponed game from last weekend may yet prove a useful lifeline in their bid to avoid relegation- they are just one point above the potential drop zone.
‘Nure have made not bones about their ambitions this season and they backed it up last Saturday with an emphatic win over a very good Banbridge side.
‘Stones need the win but the visitors will prove too strong.
Highfield (5th) v Old Crescent (12th), Woodleigh Park
Highfield lead the chasing pack that are outside the top four – eight points adrift of Corinthians, whom they lost to last weekend.
Saturday is a chance to make up some ground if they can beat Old Crescent.
The Limerick side fell foul of the weather last weekend and like Greystones that game in hand cold prove a boon.
Queens University (10th) v Seapoint (11th), Dub Lane
Neither side has broken the 20 points mark as yet and so risk being drawn into the end of season dogfight.
Both should be good enough to avoid that and Saturday marks a chance for one to grab the initiative.
Home advantage should see the students edge it but they have leaked points this season!