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Ulster Bank League: Division 1B And 2A Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 1B And 2A Previews

Corinthians have the chance to overtake fellow Connacht club Buccaneers in the race for 2nd place behind the all conquering Terenure this weekend as the action resumes in the Ulster Bank League.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 1B: Saturday, January 4

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Blackrock College (7th) v UL Bohemians (4th), Stradbrook

BIG game for both teams for different reasons. Blackrock because they are fourth from bottom with just two wins from their eight games.

UL Bohs, by comparison, are up in fourth spot following their most recent 31-16 home bonus point victory over Buccaneers.

Another win here and they will be well in the running for the second spot behind the runaway division leaders Terenure College. At their best UL Bobs are capable of playing some very good attacking rugby.

Corinthians (3rd) v Malone (10th), Corinthian Park

ON paper, this should be straightforward enough for third-placed Corinthians. They have only lost the one game this season.

That was a disastrous 57-10 home defeat to the all-conquering Terenure College outfit a few games back but they recovered well to defeat Belfast Harlequins 21-19 away last time out.

Unfortunately, Malone are going through a dreadful run which has seen drop to bottom of the table. Importantly though, they did show signs of improvement when only losing 19-18 to Shannon on their most recent outing.

Dungannon (9th) v Belfast Harlequins (6th), Stevenson Park

AN opportunity for Dungannon to restore their reputation to some degreee following their 63-7 humiliation at the hands of Terenure College.

The result left Dungannon lying second from bottom just ahead of Malone. So, they could clearly do with a morale boosting victory against a Belfast Harlequins side that lies fifth from bottom.

Belfast Harlequins wasted a 19-9 advantage against Corinthians on their home ground last time out. Liam McCambridge scored all of their points on that occasion and he will surely one again be an important figure.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, January 4

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

Banbridge (13th) v Galwegians (4th), Rifle Park

This match was postponed late last year and is the only game in Divisions 2A and 2B this weekend.

The Bann are languishing in 13th place, dangerously close to the red zone so this game in hand offers them a chance to leapfrog Bective who are two points ahead of them in the table.

A win for ‘Wegians and they go top of Division 2B at least a point clear of Ballymena. Plenty to play for then in Rifle Park on Saturday.