ULSTER Bank League Division 2A and 2C Previews
Thomond v Malone
Fitzgerald Park - Saturday, 2.30pm
THOMOND’S survival hopes in Division 2A were dented on Friday night when the ‘Royal Blues’ suffered a disappointing defeat away to Nenagh Ormond.
The result sees Thomond remain second from bottom in the table, four points ahead of bottom side Corinthians, who visit Liam Fitzgerald Park later this month, and now five points behind eighth-placed Skerries.
The outcome of that tie with Corinthians on February 20 should determine if Thomond can secure a relegation play-off spot at least.
Bruff v Boyne
Kilballyowen - Saturday, 2.30pm
BRUFF bounced back to form with a timely victory away to Midleton at the weekend.
Hooker John Hogan bagged Bruff’s try in their 20-10 win which sees the South Limerick side remain in fourth place in the table. Bruff enjoy a sizeable 16 point lead on eighth-placed Boyne who visit Kilballyowen Park this weekend. Should be a home win for Tony Trehy’s side.
Old Crescent v Midleton
Rosbrien - Saturday, 2.30pm
OLD Crescent’s lead over Tullamore at the top of Division 2C was cut to three points when the Rosbrien side slipped to a 31-24 defeat to Wanderers in Dublin on Saturday.
Crescent did have the consolation of picking up both a try bonus point and a losing bonus point through a late try from captain Cathal O’Reilly.
Table toppers Old Crescent enjoy an 18-point lead over Saturday’s visitors Midleton. While Crescent have won 10 of their 13 AIL fixtures to date, fifth-placed Midleton have won seven of 12.
While Crescent enjoy a three-point lead over Tullamore, the Rosbrien side are currently six points clear of third-placed Wanderers and 12 points ahead of fourth-placed Bruff. .
Prediction: Old Crescent