Limerick Rugby - Eight local clubs face crucial AIL ties

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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GARRYOWEN’S fading hopes of avoiding relegation from Division 1A of the All-Ireland League reaches a critical point this Saturday when the ‘light blues’ host fellow strugglers Ballynahinch at Dooradoyle.

GARRYOWEN’S fading hopes of avoiding relegation from Division 1A of the All-Ireland League reaches a critical point this Saturday when the ‘light blues’ host fellow strugglers Ballynahinch at Dooradoyle.

Basement side Garryowen picked up a losing bonus point from their visit to Lansdowne last weekend, but remain firmly rooted to the foot of the 1A table.

Garryowen, currently sit 11 points behind Saturday’s opponents Ballynahinch.

For the ‘light blues’, who have enlisted the assistance of former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan in the coaching of the team, defeat in Saturday’s basement battle with the Ulster side would effectively end their unbroken run in the AIL’s top Division.

Meanwhile, Young Munster travel to Musgrave Park to take on Dolphin in another 1A fixture this Saturday.

Munsters’ title ambitions were dealt a major blow on Saturday last when the Greenfields side suffered a disappointing 26-9 defeat to Clontarf at Tom Clifford Park. Munsters’ have slipped to fourth in the 1A table, 12 points behind leaders ‘Tarf and nine adrift of second-placed Old Belvedere.

In Division 1B, UL-Bohemian will hope to get their promotion bid back on track away to Belfast Harlequins having lost to Terenure last weekend.

UL-Bohs’ have slipped six points behind Corinthians, who occupy the promotion play-off spot in the 1B table, as a result of Saturday’s defeat to Terenure at Annacotty.

UL-Bohs will also be hoping city rivals Shannon can do them a favour by beating second-placed Corinthians at Coonagh.

Sixth-placed Shannon had their weekend fixture with Blackrock College abandoned as a result of a lengthy stoppage , following an injury to Munster back-row forward Paddy Butler.

In Division 2A, Bruff, boosted by their first win of the season against Naas last weekend, will look to boost their survival hopes by beating Banbridge at Kilballyowen Park.

Struggling Old Crescent will be desperate for a win when they host fellow strugglers Naas at Rosbrien.

In Division 2B, fourth-placed Thomond will look to boost their promotion hopes by beating bottom side Suttonians at Liam Fitzgerald Park. Thomond are eight points behind top side Nenagh Ormond.

Also in Division 2B, ninth-placed Richmond host sixth-placed Tullamore at Richmond Park.

Richmond will go into the game on the back of a precious 13-7 away win over Sunday’s Well. All games kick-off at 2.30pm.