Limerick clubs chase precious AIL points

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

This is another busy weekend for fixtures on the club rugby front
(All games Saturday, 2.30pm)

(All games Saturday, 2.30pm)

DIVISION 1A

Old Belvedere v Garryowen, Anglesea Rd

FOURTH-placed Garryowen will be anxious to get back to winning ways following their weekend defeat to Lansdowne when they travel to Anglesea Road to take on Old Belvedere.

Adding interest to this game is the fact that Old Belvedere are coached by former Garryowen supremo Paul Cunningham.

With the ‘light blues’ Kiwi-born skipper Josh Hrstich in potent form off the back of the scrum, Garryowen are coming along nicely but are still searching for a first success on the road.

Young Munster v Cork Con, Clifford Park

MUNSTERS, now under their third different head coach this season following the appointment of former Ireland flanker David Corkery to the hot season, had to wait until their fifth 1A fixture for their first win and then bag a second success next time out against Old Belvedere at Clifford Park on Saturday.

Last weekend, eighth-placed Munsters produced a resilient display to see off Belvo’ at Greenfields in Corkery’s first game in charge of the side. As luck would have it, Corkery’s second game in charge is against his old club Cork Con. Both Munsters and Con have identical records in 1A, winning two, drawing two and losing two.

DIVISION 1B

Belfast ‘Quins v Shannon, Deramore Park

HAVING secured their first win of the AIL season against UL-Bohs in round five, Shannon backed it up superbly by beating Old Wesley last time out. That success will leave eighth-placed Shannon in confident mood for their trip to Deramore Park to take on a Belfast ‘Quins side which is rooted to the foot of the table and yet to win a 1B fixture this season. Shannon will fancy their chances of completing a hat-trick of wins.

UL-Bohemian v St Mary’s, Thomond Park

Ninth-placed UL-Bohs’ returned to winning ways last weekend with a smashing 21-14 success away to Blackrock.

Boosted by the presence of Munster scrum half Cathal Sheridan, UL Bohs picked up just their second win in six league outings as Jamie McNamara’s brace of tries helped them edge out ‘Rock at Stradbrook. Saturday’s test against table toppers St Mary’s College is a demanding assignment for Gearoid Prendergast’s side, but home advantage is a big plus.

DIVISION 2A

Skerries v Thomond, Holmpatrick

THOMOND picked up their second win in 2A when defeating Nenagh Ormond at Liam Fitzgerald Park on Saturday. Eighth-placed Thomond currently edge Saturday’s opponents, ninth-placed Skerries, on points difference ahead of their Holmpatrick clash on Saturday.

DIVISION 2C

Sligo v Old Crescent, Hamilton Park

OLD Crescent will still be smarting from their first defeat of the season against Wanderers last weekend when they travel to Sligo on Saturday. Crescent had led 19-3 at half-time and had bagged three tries.

However, while the Rosbrien side picked up a bonus point they suffered an agonising one-point defeat to Wanderers.

Sligo are currently ninth in the table, with just one win to date.

Wanderers v Bruff, Aviva Stadium

BRUFF are another side looking to return to winning ways after their frustrating weekend home defeat to Midleton.

The reverse saw the Tony Trehy-coached side slip to fifth in the table. Bruff trail Saturday’s opponents and 2C tabletoppers Wanderers by five points.-