Saturday 16 December 2017

Cullinane Bec' in the frame to face Banbridge

Banbridge look to get back on track after first loss of season.

(TOMORROW, 2.30 unless stated)


Banbridge v Bective Rangers, Rifle Park

Pace-setters Banbridge suffered their first loss of the season in round six to go 5-1 against second-from-bottom Rangers marooned on 1-5.

Long-term injured back row Ian Cullinane is back for Bective.

DLSP v Old Crescent, Kirwan Park

Salmo' salvaged two points from their draw at Seapoint. Still bottom, coach David Murphy could have full-back Michael Nevin and wing Ian O'Connor back from injury.

Greystones v Old Wesley, Dr Hickey Park

'Stones coach Reggie Corrigan welcomes back full-back James Power to contest the jersey with Padraig Geoghegan.

Wesley are in the top half, looking to move into promotion contention.

It all came together against Cashel. Coach Morgan Lennon will ask for consistency from here on in.

Highfield v Terenure College, Woodleigh Park

'Nure are just one point off the lead away to the fifth-placed Cork club. Kyle McCoy could come into the back row.

UCC v Seapoint, The Mardyke

The Killiney club will be smarting following the draw at home to DLSP. It is difficult to conceive how they managed to beat Terenure in an earlier round. They must recapture that level of performance.


Boyne v Armagh, Shamrock Lodge

Player/coach Craig McGrath will have to be on his guard to keep Boyne in the top four against a dangerous Armagh outfit.

Naas v Thomond, Forenaughts

Player/coach Niall Carson steps aside for Jock Toland at hooker. Centre Eoin Conran and wing Brian Fitzgerald come into the three-quarter line.

Navan v Nenagh Ormond, Balreask Old

Coach Leon Jordaan brings in hooker Eoin King, centre Riaan van der Vyver and No 8 Brian McKeever.

NUIM Barnhall v Suttonians, Parsonstown

Director of rugby Dennis Bowes is getting a better response from his players this season, especially in attack where they have scored more points than any other club in the division.

Suttonians are located in mid-table, a position probably in keeping with many pre-season predictions. But they won't have to travel far to put a dent into the home side's promotion hopes.

Skerries v Ards, Holmpatrick

The north Dublin club just can't find the rhythm of consistency, and fell victim to Nenagh last week. They should be able to turn the losing bonus-point there into their third win of the campaign.

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