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Ulster Bank League: Division 2C Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2C Previews

Navan, Bruff and Wanderers picked up bonus point wins last weekend. Can they continue their winning ways in the second round of Ulster Bank League Division 2C? The action kicks off with a Friday Night Lights clash at the Aviva Stadium.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2C: Saturday, September 19

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Wanderers (3rd) v Boyne (4th), Aviva Stadium main pitch, Friday, 8pm

The headquarters club started their challenge brightly with an entertaining away win over Kanturk. Out-half Peter Brougham was their match winner with a converted try and important 68th-minute penalty.

Coached by former international Niall Ronan, Boyne kicked off their season with a good home victory over Midleton in a high-scoring game. Full-back Eoghan Duffy’s try proved decisive right at the death.

Under the floodlights on the main pitch, this promises to be an interesting affair with Wanderers looking to make home advantage tell.

Midleton (6th) v Dundalk (9th), Towns Park, 4.30pm

The Cork side had a ding dong match with Boyne last week and earned a losing bonus point in 31-29 defeat. Their forwards were particularly prominent, gaining a penalty try at scrum time and a clever lineout move setting up replacement hooker Paddy Shuttleworth for a try.

This Saturday they entertain league newcomers Dundalk who were well-beaten by a handy looking Bruff outfit in their first game. Interesting to see how this one goes.

Old Crescent (5th) v Navan (1st), Rosbrien, 4.30pm

The Limerick side picked up a win in Tullamore in the opening round of games – a good start with Kevin Meade’s 72nd-minute and Shane O’Brien’s accurate place-kicking getting them over the finish line.

They face another Leinster club side this weekend when Navan come calling. The Co. Meath outfit top the table after their 54-10 hammering of Sligo last Saturday during which they scored eight tries, including a Simon Hogan hat-trick.

Sligo (10th) v Kanturk (8th), Hamilton Park, 4.30pm

Sligo went down heavily to Navan last weekend so they will want to bounce back at home this Saturday.

Kanturk travel on the back of their narrow defeat by Wanderers, from which they garnered a losing bonus point thanks mainly to the form of out-half Mark Healy who kicked 17 points. An away win is on the cards for the Cork side.

Bruff (2nd) v Tullamore (7th), Kilballyowen Park, 7.30pm

Bruff enjoyed the opening day of the league with a bonus point win over newcomers Dundalk. Full-back Brendan Deady looked particularly sharp with a brace of tries.

On Saturday they host the wily campaigners from Tullamore under floodlights. The visitors lost by a point to Old Crescent – failing to score a try in a 13-12 defeat – but they will be ready for this clash on Saturday evening.