Thomond boost Ulster Bank League promotion hopes but defeat for Bruff

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Thomond boost Ulster Bank League promotion hopes but defeat for Bruff

Thomond's Colin Madden clears the danger in an Ulster Bank League Division 2C fixture

ULSTER Bank League Division 2C leaders Thomond boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a precious 16-10 victory over Bangor in their re-arranged fixture at Liam Fitzgerald Park on Saturday.

However, there was disappointment for Bruff in their bid to secure a promotion play-off spot in the same division as the South Limerick side fell to a disappointing 35-5 defeat to Tullamore at Kilballyowen Park.

Thomond’s ninth league win of the season saw the table topping Royal Blues move one point clear of second-placed Malahide with now just three series of games to play.

Thomond led fifth-placed Bangor 8-3 at half-time at Fitzgerald Park on Saturday lunchtime. 

Thomond had enjoyed an 8-0 lead through a Leonard Slattery try and Evan Cusack penalty.

However, Bangor hit back with a converted try to lead 10-8 in the third quarter.

It was then that Thomond showed their mettle with a Cusack penalty edging the home side into an 11-10 lead before the same played struck for a match clinching try to edge the Limerick side to victory.

Next up for Thomond is a trip to Seapoint on Saturday, March 24.

Meanwhile, Bruff sit in sixth place in the table, now seven points off fourth-placed Omagh following their 30-point home defeat to Tullamore.

Bruff scored the first points of the game on 13 minutes from Maghnus Collins. However, it proved to be the home side’s only score of the game as Tullamore hit back with a converted try to lead 7-5 at the interval.

Four more tries for the Offaly side in the second half saw the visitors secure an impressive bonus point win.