Belvo break back into contention
Thankfully there were no weather issues in Leinster last weekend. The J1 League took a twist this week when league leaders St Mary's, who were hitherto undefeated, lost out to Old Belvedere last Monday 13-10.
And so it's game on! Mary's lead by five points but Belvo have a game in hand against Lansdowne this Sunday. That's the only game on this weekend, leaving two full rounds to be played and it's still a two-horse race between the two sides.
Belvo's run-in is Lansdowne away this week, Clontarf away on February 27 and whipping boys Trinity on the last weekend. In the reverse fixtures, it was draw, big win and an even bigger win -- expect three wins which could yet land them the title. For the holders, Mary's, it's Lansdowne at home and UCD away. In reverse fixtures earlier in the season it was a three-point victory and a handy win against Collidge. It's hard to call this one and bonus points could play a big part.
Last week the draw was made for the 98FM Metropolitan Cup -- the tie of the opening rounds has to be Clontarf and Mary's. For details of the full draw visit www.leinsterrugby.ie.
In J1, Section B -- A, Terenure pulled a major scalp last weekend in beating Greystones in Lakelands. This week, Old Wesley and Terenure lock horns with Wesley hoping that Boyne can pull off a miracle against 'Stones -- unlikely! So it looks like it will be Greystones' title.
In Group B, as expected DLSP beat Navan last Sunday to set up a great finish to this section of the league and they should extend their lead this week when they take on Wanderers. With regard to the remaining fixtures, if it goes to the script, it's DLSP's title.
A big congratulations to Lansdowne who have won the league at J2 and look like winners at J3. That's no mean feat to knock together two leagues while competing at every level -- so hats off and well done.
In J2 Section B it's a cracking finale but Bective would appear to have the upper hand in that their opposition next weekend are strugglers and Donnybrook co-tenants Old Wesley.