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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

The action in Division 2B kicks off with three Friday Night Lights games which should set the scene for a great weekend of club rugby.


Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Sunday’s Well (6th) v Midleton (4th), Irish Independent Park, Friday Night Lights, 7.30pm
Everything to play for in this Cork derby game under lights in Irish Independent Park.

Level on points it is a mere 12 points in the difference that separates these sides as the race to maintain Division 2B status comes down to the last few games.

Home advantage should be a key factor for a home win.

Wanderers (9th) v De La Salle Palmerston (14th), Aviva Stadium Back Pitch, Friday Night Lights, 7.30pm
Relegation is a factor in this game for the visitors as there are two automatic drops from Division 2B this season.

Clubs finishing from 5th to 13th will form Division 2C next season which seems the likely end result for Wanderers.

Still plenty to play for in this Friday Night Lights clash in the shadow of Aviva Stadium.

Navan (12th) v Boyne (15th), Balreask Old
Neighbours and rivals under lights. What more do you need to make for an intense encounter?

Throw in possible relegation and you have the perfect ingredients for what promises to be a tough clash in the Co. Meath club.

The away side need the win more but Navan at home should have just enough to take the game.

Bruff (7th) v Kanturk (8th), Kilballyowen Park
Bruff could still make the top four, albeit they would need a winning run and some serious favours.

Saturday won’t be an easy affair as they host a Kanturk side that just won’t quit in any game.

Both teams won last weekend. A tight one then in Kilballyowen Park.

Old Crescent (10th) v Greystones (3rd), Rosbrien
The home side seem set to be part of Division 2C next season if they maintain their mid-table opposition.

The visitors need to build on their two recent wins to keep their top four status up.

A trip to Limerick is never easy but ‘Stones should be good enough to take the win.

Richmond (13th) v Highfield (1st), Richmond Park
Richmond are currently just two points clear of a potential relegation playoff spot or even an automatic one.

They’ll need a big performance if they are to get anything out of the unbeaten division leaders on Saturday.

An away win and a tough few weeks ahead for the home side.

Sligo (11th) v Armagh (5th), Hamilton Park
Sligo lost on the road to Highfield in their last game to slip to 11th place. They are not yet in danger but they need to be wary.

Armagh’s loss at home to Bruff could yet prove costly. They are just outside the top four on points difference – +52 to Midleton’s +61.

An away win on form but will it be enough for Armagh?

Tullamore (2nd) v Ards (16th), Spollanstown
Tullamore’s ability to run in tries has garnered them seven bonus points and puts them three points clear of third place Greystones.

That said they were beaten by Midleton in their last game  – giving a lifeline to the chasing pack.

Ards will be back in the Ulster qualifying league next season with a chance to rebuild.