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Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2A Previews

Match of the day in Division 2A has to be the clash between second-placed Blackrock College and Thomond in fourth, but there is plenty of action throughout the division.


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Blackrock College (2nd) v Thomond (4th), Stradbrook, 2pm
There’s only a point between these two sides as the action resumes in Division 2A this weekend.

‘Rock won well away from home last time out while Thomond squeezed a narrow win at home to Skerries.

It promises to be an action packed game and the result could have a big affect on the top four.

NUIM Barnhall (3rd) v Naas (12th), Parsonstown, 2pm
A north Kildare derby is a keenly contested as any other and this promises to be no different at Parsonstown on Saturday.

The home side lost on the road at UCC last weekend and therefore are a game ahead of the rest of the top four so a win on Saturday would be most welcome.

Naas’ form has fluctuated and a return to winning ways would be a big boost before Christmas.

Rainey Old Boys (11th) v Bective Rangers (15th), Hatrick Park, 2pm
Rainey enjoyed a high scoring win over Naas in their last outing but they are still in the bottom half of the table.

Bective lost the ‘Battle of Donnybrook’ to add to their woes.

That said there is still only three points between these two sides so it could be evenly matched on Saturday.

City of Derry (16th) v Dungannon (13th), Judges Road
A big Ulster derby but at the wrong end of the table for both teams.

City of Derry were beaten by Nenagh Ormond in their last outing while the signs of Dungannon’s revival were snuffed out by Blackrock in their last game.

It will be keenly contested and the result will have a big effect on the red zone.

Old Wesley (1st) v Cashel (8th), Donnybrook
Ten points separate the sides in Donnybrook this weekend. Wesley are unbeaten this season and will be favourites to defend that record at home.

Cashel had a good win over UCC in their last outing and a win would push them right into contention.
Still the home side should prove too strong.

Seapoint (14th) v Nenagh Ormond (7th), Kilbogget Park
Contrasting form for these two sides as evidenced by their current standings.

Seapoint lost on the road to Queens in their last outing but acquitted themselves well.

Nenagh Ormond have won three and drawn one of their six games to date and a win will push them back into contention at the top of the table.

Skerries (6th) v Banbridge (10th), Holmpatrick
Three wins and three losses for Skerries but they have proved dab hands at picking up bonus points to date.

The Bann caused an upset at home to NUIM Barnhall in their last game; if they can do the same again on Saturday it would be a real confidence boost.

Home advantage doesn’t always tell but it may well do at Holmpatrick on Saturday.

UCC (9th) v Queens (5th), The Mardyke
The students won in a high scoring affair with NUIM Barnhall last Saturday and will hope to repeat the result in this intervarsity clash on Saturday.

Queens won at home to Seapoint in their last game but the weekend is a different prospect.

It could be a cracking game as both sides have proved adept at picking up try bonuses.

Pictured is JC Greyling, Old Wesley RFC For more on this year’s Ulster Bank League Awards visit; http://bit.ly/UBLAWARDS2015  #UBL