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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Wanderers, Skerries and Armagh all recorded bonus point wins last weekend. Week two promises more high-scoring action in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, September 24

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Armagh (3rd) v City of Derry (9th), Palace Grounds

Armagh kicked off their campaign with a try-scoring bonus win over Bective Rangers where their counter attack gained them a number of scores. Can they do more of the same this Saturday?

It is an Ulster derby with City of Derry, now coached by Richard McCarter and Stephen Douglas, smarting from their loss to Skerries and looking to kick off their challenge. Plenty at stake then in the Palace Grounds.

Greystones (4th) v Wanderers (1st), Dr. Hickey Park

The Greystones pack were on the front foot last Saturday – tries from Dan Mannion, new Kiwi hooker Mike Lea and Bobby Clancy helped them to a 19-3 win over Old Crescent.

Wanderers were in rampant form on the main pitch at the Aviva Stadium, recording a 54-19 triumph over Thomond. It is all set up for a mouth-watering Leinster derby at Dr. Hickey Park on Saturday.

MU Barnhall (6th) v Old Crescent (8th), Parsonstown

Both team go in search of their first win having lost to Dungannon and Greystones respectively.

MU Barnhall, whose big signing is former Leinster winger Darren Hudson, squeezed a losing bonus out of their match to leave them ahead in the table but it is too early to judge the form of either side. Saturday will see one of them kick on.

Skerries (2nd) v Dungannon (5th), Holmpatrick

Skerries’ talismanic captain Ross McAuley went over for a hat-trick of tries against City of Derry last Saturday.

A great start for the County Dublin club but they face a tough challenge against Dungannon in round 2. The Tyrone men got off to a winning start against MU Barnhall and will hope for more of the same here.

Thomond (10th) v Bective Rangers (7th), Liam Fitzgerald Park

Another two clubs in search of their first victory and first points in 2B. Thomond took quite a beating from Wanderers on the opening day, despite scoring tries through Jamie McGarry, Gary Bateman and Diarmuid Ryan. Home advantage in Limerick could be the key factor.