The rescheduled Division 1B meeting of Dublin University and St. Mary’s College takes place under the College Park floodlights tonight, with the visitors looking to join Old Wesley and Ballymena on four wins apiece at the top of the table.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 1B: Friday, October 9
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DUBLIN UNIVERSITY (6th) v ST. MARY’S COLLEGE (4th), College Park, 8pm
Ulster Bank League Season’s Form – Dublin University: LLW; St. Mary’s College: WWW
Ulster Bank League Top Scorers – Dublin University: Points: Jack McDermott 24; Tries: Max McFarland, Jack McDermott 2 each; St. Mary’s College: Points: Sean Kearns 34; Tries: Darragh Fanning 4
Preview: The first ever floodlit Ulster Bank League match at College Park looks set to be a cracker as Dublin University host unbeaten St. Mary’s College in the city centre.
Trinity endured a difficult start to the season with back-to-back losses, but out-half Jack McDermott’s 24-point haul inspired them to a 39-21 bonus point victory over UL Bohemians last Saturday. Ex-Clontarf winger Max McFarland chipped in with a brace of tries.
However, discipline was a problem at times for the students in that game, and Tony Smeeth will be hoping for a much-improved defensive showing tonight – especially as St. Mary’s have already racked up 16 tries in three games.
Trinity beat Mary’s 14-10 in the Leinster Senior League Cup last month, but Peter Smyth’s side have really hit the ground running in the Ulster Bank League. Another strong performance from their well-drilled pack, including the talented lock pairing of Ciaran Ruddock and David O’Connor, could be key in determining the destination of these league points.
Recent League Meetings – The teams have not played each other since January 2006
IrishRugby.ie Prediction: St. Mary’s College to win