(Games Saturday, December 5, 2.30pm, unless stated)
Clontarf (2nd) v Garryowen (4th), Castle Avenue
GARRYOWEN will be anxious to finish off their pre-Christmas spell of fixtures with a win in the wake of their disappointing home defeat to UCD on Saturday. A trip to Castle Avenue to face high-flying Clontarf is a difficult assignment, however. Saturday was Garryowen’s third defeat. Conan Doyle’s side sit four points behind second-placed ‘Tarf and five behind leaders UCD.
Young Munster (5th) v Galwegians (9th), Clifford Park
MUNSTERS’ moved fifth with last weekend’s excellent away win over Terenure College. A home date with struggling ‘Wegians provides David Corkery’s side with a good opportunity to secure some pre-festive cheers. Out-half Gearoid Lyons and centre Dan Goggin are due to be on duty with the Ireland 7’s team in Dubai, however.
Dublin University (3rd) v Shannon (5th), College Green
COLLEGE Green hasn’t been the best of hunting grounds for Shannon in the AIL, but on the back of a run of four successive wins, Marcus Horan’s side will travel to the Dublin city centre venue in confident mood. Australian-born scrum half Mike Kennedy, debuted off the bench in Saturday’s win over Dolphin.
UL-Bohemian (9th) v Buccaneers, Annacotty, 2pm
THIS is a key fixture for a UL-Bohs side who will be desperate to start to move away from the foot of the 1B table. UL-Bohs, who two wins from their eight league fixtures, trail sixth-placed Buccs’ by eight points in the table.
UCC (4th) v Thomond (9th), Mardyke
STRUGGLING Thomond have won just two of their eight AIL fixtures this season and were beaten by Naas last weekend. UCC sit fourth in 2A with four wins and a draw.
Old Crescent (1st) v Bruff (3rd), Rosbrien, Friday, December 4, 7.45pm
THE weekend’s AIL action kicks off with a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash between leaders Old Crescent and third-placed Bruff in 2C. The Limerick rivals face-off at Kilballyowen Park on Friday week, November 11.
Crescent, who have lost just one of their eight games, sit six points ahead of Bruff.
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