Big day for Limerick clubs in AIL

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
All the Limerick clubs have plenty to play for in the AIL this Saturday.

All the Limerick clubs have plenty to play for in the AIL this Saturday.

(All games Saturday, January 10, 2.30pm)

division 1a

Young Munster (7th) v Terenure College (2nd)

Clifford Park

SEVENTH-placed Young Munster will be anxious to get back to winning ways when they host second-placed Terenure College at Clifford Park, 2.30pm.

Munsters’ are now seven points off the top four, play-off places as a result of a frustrating 12-11 defeat to bottom side Dolphin at Musgrave Park in Cork.

Munsters’ have won just one of their last five top flight fixtures in the top flight and will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

While John Staunton’s side has won just once on the road this season - against Cork Con at Temple Hill - Munsters’ have won all of their home fixtures. Of Young Munster’s remaining seven league fixtures, five are at home.

At this stage, it seems as if the Greenfields side will have to win all five and hope to pick up something from their trips to Old Belvedere and UCD if they are to maintain their hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Young Munster certainly won’t lack for motivation ahead of Saturday’s game at Greenfields. Terenure tore the Limerick side apart in a 42-0 demolition job at their Lakelands Park fortress at the end of September.

Terenure ran in six tries in all. Saturday is not a bad time to be playing Terenure, as the Dubliners have lost each of their last three fixtures.

division 1b

Buccaneers (5th) v Shannon (7th)

Dubarry Park

SHANNON are on the road for the second successive saturday, this time heading to Dubarry Park to face Buccaneers.

Shannon boosted their survival hopes in the Division - and did city rivals Garryowen a favour to boot - when beating table toppers Galwegians 18-3 in Galway.

This was an excellent win for the AIL’s most successful club, helping the Limerick side jump up to seventh place and three points clear of the drop zone as a result of the success. Buccs’ suffered defeat against Garryowen last weekend, but there was enough evidence from their display to sugggest they will be difficult opponents this weekend.

Corinthians (8th) v Garryowen (3rd)

Corinthians Park

PROMOTION-chasing Garryowen face a trip to Galway to take on Corinthians at Corinthian Park on Saturday.

Third-placed Garryowen remain strongly in the promotion race after recording a deserved 28-20 win over Buccaneers at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

The win leaves Garryowen just two points behind leaders Galwegians and one adrift of second-placed Ballymena.

The top club in 1B after the regular league season will be promoted to Division 1A. The second-placed club can also gain promotion by winning a play-off game against the second bottom club from 1A

UL-Bohemian (9th) v Galwegians (1st)

Thomond Park back pitch

UL-Bohemian will be desperate to get back to winning ways against leaders Galwegians on Thomond Park’s back pitch.

UL-Bohemian suffered a 32-13 thumping at hom e to an in-form Dublin University side last weekend.

The defeat leaves the Annacotty side in one of the automatic relegation spots, in ninth place. However, such is the tight nature of the table, the Red, Red Robins are just a point off safety. The bottom two clubs in 1B at the end of the regular season face automatic relegation to 2A for next season.