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Bective recover to shake 'Downe

It's hard to believe after the rain last Sunday and again Monday that all games went ahead without interruption -- not from the weather anyway!

In Junior 1, possibly the surprise of the weekend was Bective's one-point win over Lansdowne in Ballycorus, which was some response after the mauling they suffered the previous weekend. That loss for Lansdowne allowed Old Belvedere go top of the league after they beat UCD with a try bonus point in Belfield.

Going into the 'mid-term break' (no games this weekend) they lie three points ahead of St Mary's who have a game in hand.

Mary's themselves enjoyed a good win over the boys from Clontarf 16-11, which will be satisfying for them having lost in the League Cup earlier in the season.



Maximum

In Section 'B' Pool 1, Old Wesley's great start to the season at all levels continued. They are on maximum points and have scored an average of more than 50 points in their first three games. Greystones are in hot pursuit having recorded a hard-fought 19-12 win over Salmo.

Seapoint look likely to be the third team in this section to advance to Super Six after their win over Naas. Poor Naas have yet to register a point of any kind.

In Pool 2, Boyne and NUIM Barnhall are locked on nine points each after wins against Wanderers and Navan respectively -- Navan picked up a losing bonus point there by only losing 9-7.

St Mary's finished off this part of the campaign in Junior 2 Pool 1 with a very valuable win over Belvo at Anglesea Road, although the hosts did salvage a losing bonus point.

Lansdowne showed no mercy for poor CYM giving them a bit of a hiding -- roll on phase II for CY.

In Pool 2, Wesley got their first win and did so in some style against Donnybrook co-tenants, Bective.

Stillorgan will be delighted with their start to the season sitting on top with maximum points.

'Tarf lie in second place with a game in hand following their win over Wanderers and then there is a gap to the others, DLSP, Old Wesley, Wanderers and Bective.

In Junior 3 Section 'A', The bonus point factor is definitely playing a role here as Lansdowne lead the way with Wesley again in hot pursuit.

Wesley had a super win against Terenure, while Belvo ran riot over hapless Suttonians.

'Rock and Belvo sit on nine points each while St Mary's absence of bonus points is conspiring against them.

In Section 'B', NUIM Barnhall look to be strong at this level also and had an excellent away win in Salmo last Friday night. At the same time Naas were clocking up their first win -- and a bonus point to boot -- versus RCSI, while Monkstown also got their first points in defeating Bective.

Still early days so it's too early to make any definitive judgements.



Bragging

There are no Junior games this week in the Metro competitions because of the Bank Holiday weekend.

In the U21 JP Fanagan, UCD won the bragging rights when they secured a 15-3 win in College Park.

Old Belvedere travelled to Templeville Road with a talented and big team and picked up a very valuable 15-5 win there depriving Mary's of the bonus point in the process.

Lansdowne -- also a big unit -- beat Terenure in the Aviva stadium, as expected. Wesley also took a notable scalp in beating 'Rock.

In Pennant Pool 1, Naas and Barnhall are still going well and remain unbeaten. Naas squeezed through in a tight one against Greystones while NUIM will be delighted to have beaten Lansdowne at home.

In Pool 2, the Colleges would appear to be leading the way and opening up a gap on the rest of the field.

In Pool 3, Skerries notched up another great win versus 'Rock -- Skerries again proving that it is always a difficult place to go to and get a win.

And finally, Wesley will be delighted with their day's work against St Mary's. Still early days though.