Rugby – Ulster Bank Leauge weekend previews

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THE TOP two divisions in the Ulster Bank League are in action this weekend.

Young Munster’s will travel to Clontarf on Saturday in the knowledge that last weekend’s win over Ballynahinch has seen them build a nine point cushion between themselves and neighbours Garryowen.

David Corkery’s men are now firm favourites for a top four spot with just four games to go. This weekend will be a tough test again, as Clontarf currently occupy second spot.

Garryowen, who suffered a surprise defeat to Galwegians last weekend in Galway, will entertain Terenure at Dooradoyle. Terenure are ninth at present, but they did manage to beat table topping UCD last week, so Conan Doyle’s men will need to secure all four points to beat off the chasing pack.

In Division 1B, Shannon will travel to Ballymena on Saturday afternoon. Even though Marcus Horan’s men did go down to Limerick rivals UL Bohemians last Friday night (25-22), they should fancy their chances against Ballymena who are currently on a terrible run of three defeats in a row.

In the same Division, UL Bohemians’ win over Shannon last Friday mattered little in terms of their race for survival. Wins for Blackrock and Dolphin on Saturday still sees the Robins occupy the relegation play off spot, five points behind the aforementioned Dolphin and ’Rock. The Robins face second placed Trinity in Annacotty this week, with a win being a must for the reds.

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