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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Nenagh Ormond lead the way by a single point from Skerries, with both clubs unbeaten in the league. There’s action aplenty on Saturday afternoon in Division 2B.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, November 23

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Ards (5th) v Sligo (14th), Hamilton Park

A home from home this weekend as Sligo make the trip from Hamilton Park in Strandhill to Hamilton Park in Newtownards.

Ards are going well in 5th place with three wins to date and will look to build on that momentum again on Saturday.

Sligo drew at home to Thomond in the last game but lost their three previous. On that form you have to favour the home side.

Armagh (4th) v Skerries (2nd), Palace Grounds

A big match at the Palace Grounds this weekend as 4th plays 2nd. The home side have only conceded 44 points in their four matches to date.

That stat is only bettered in Division 2B by Skerries who have shipped only 25.

That suggests it could be tight on Saturday but it will be no less compelling as these two sides have been playing some good rugby.

DLSP (13th) v Tullamore (10th), Kirwan Park

‘Salmo picked up their first win last time out with 13 – 7 victory over Midleton. They have leaked over 100 points though which is a worry for them.

Tullamore will bring their hard running style to Kirwan Park on Saturday hoping to get back on track after their big loss to Nenagh Ormond.

An away win on the cards here for last season’s All-Ireland Junior Cup winners.

Greystones (3rd) v Boyne (7th), Dr. Hickey Park

Another big game in Dr. Hickey Park with only four points between the sides. ‘Stones only edged out Instonians by a point earlier this month so they will need an even bigger performance on Saturday.

Boyne, well beaten by Skerries in the last round, have won the same number of games but without the try bonuses that their hosts have picked up.

An interesting tie that should give both clubs a good insight into how they are faring.

Midleton (9th) v Richmond (11th), Towns Park

A mid table clash for these two Munster clubs. The home side have won two and lost two – including their last outing against DLSP.

Richmond pulled off quite a coup last time out with a 6 – 0 win at home to Armagh that should boost their confidence.

Expect a tight game but the home side should have the experience to take the points.

Nenagh Ormond (1st) v Instonians (12th), New Ormond Park

Four wins, three try bonuses and a points difference north of 100 tells you everything about the home side so far this season.

They have yet to face a top 4 side but they are doing the job in front of them each week and winning becomes a habit.

Inst have only won one out of four thus far and look set to struggle again on Saturday afternoon in Co. Tipperary.

Sunday’s Well (16th) v Suttonians (15th), Musgrave Park

Only four games in and this has a whiff of a relegation battle about it already.

The Well’s only point thus far was a losing bonus at home to Ards last time out while Suttonians have eked out three.

The Munster HQ club have a knack of survival in the league but they need to pick up a win on Saturday if they are to give themselves a fighting chance.

Thomond (6th) v Navan (8th), Liam Fitzgerald Park

Two wins and a draw have Thomond just two points outside the top four. They have also picked up a try bonus and a losing bonus.

Navan are two points further back and pretty evenly balanced with a plus one points difference.

The home side are on form though and could build on that with a home win on Saturday.