This is the penultimate round of games before the Christmas break and things are still pretty tight at the top of Division 2B.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, November 30
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –
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Banbridge (13th) v Galwegians (3rd), Rifle Park
Match postponed due to a bereavement in Banbridge RFC. A new date for the match will be announced shortly.
Bective Rangers (9th) v Queens (5th), Donnybrook
Bective’s five point win on the road against Cashel last week saw them move up to 9th, three points behind their visitors on Saturday.
Queens enjoyed a 33 – 22 win at home to Naas which pushed them into 5th. They have still conceded more than they have scored which is always a worry though.
The home side are on a roll recently with that win and a draw against high flying City of Derry before that – you’d fancy them to take the points in Donnybrook.
Bruff (15th) v City of Derry (1st), Kilballyowen Park
Every game is tough when you are chasing your first win, but facing the unbeaten division leaders is a real ask.
That said Banbridge showed it could be done last week so Bruff can take some heart from that.
Still the Ulster side have three bonus points to date and have shown themselves to be good on the road.
Highfield (16th) v Old Wesley (6th), Woodleigh Park
Highfield are another club in search of their first win in what has been a thankless season so far.
A drubbing in Galwegians last weekend won’t have helped morale.
Old Wesley racked up the points in their last outing – against Bruff – and given any space they could punish their hosts.
Naas (12th) v Ballymena (2nd), Forenaughts
Naas have lost and drawn in their last two outings and have yet to manage a bonus point, hence their slipping to 12th.
This weekend they face the wounded pride of a Ballymena side that saw their unbeaten run stopped by Banbridge.
With the tightest defence in the division and an ability to create try scoring opportunities the away side should bounce back this weekend.
NUIM Barnhall (7th) v UCC (4th), NUI Maynooth North Campus
The Maynooth/Leixlip axis brings Ulster Bank League action to the NUI Maynooth grounds this weekend in a match that promises to have an intervarsity air.
Their win over Seapoint under lights last week has the home side in 7th place, four points behind their visitors.
UCC had a 19 point win over Rainey last weekend and look a decent side so far this season. All told it should be a great game in Maynooth on Saturday.
Old Crescent (14th) v Seapoint (10th), Rosbrien
Old Crescent nearly pulled off a big upset last week losing by 10 – 5 against City of Derry.
Seapoint lost at home under lights in their previous game.
If they home team can take confidence from that near miss then they could notch up their second win of the season.
Rainey OB (8th) v Cashel (11th), Hatrick Park
Both teams come into the game on the back of a loss. The home side went down to UCC in a 59 point thriller while their visitors were beaten at home by Bective.
Rainey have three wins and two try bonuses to date while Cashel, despite losing three, are still hard to beat, picking up a losing bonus point in each of those games.
A tight game could be on the cards but no less absorbing a tussle for that.