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Saturday 18 November 2017

Lansdowne put perfect run on the line at UCD

This week we'll start with U21s -- the first phase of games were concluded last weekend and with no rest for the wicked the second phase kicks off this weekend.

There were nine teams in all in Phase 1 -- now split into top five (Lansdowne, Old Belvedere, UCD, St Mary's College and Dublin University) and bottom four (Clontarf, Old Wesley, Terenure College and Blackrock College).

Lansdowne are undefeated to date and are the team to beat, followed by Belvo and UCD.

Places for All-Ireland qualifiers will be determined on the basis of the final placings in the top five. This weekend Belvo host Trinity while UCD host Lansdowne, with Mary's having a week off. In the bottom section Wesley play Clontarf and old rivals 'Rock and 'Nure go at it in Stradbrook ... all should be top-quality games.

In Junior 1 Section A, it has become a two-horse race between St Mary's and Belvo. Mary's fought out a 22-16 win, while the men from Anglesea Road gave UCD a harsh lesson at home on Monday night, clocking up more than 60 points.



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This week, Mary's should extend their lead when they take on Trinity, with Belvo having a weekend off. Lansdowne travel to UCD and 'Tarf host Bective.

In Section B (A), Greystones lost their unbeaten record last weekend to a lively NUIM Barnhall side. Greystones and Wesley are now all square on 23 points and NUIMB and 'Nure tied behind them on 15. This week 'Stones and Wesley should extend that gap when they face Seapoint and Boyne respectively.

In the last group at J1 level, Naas remain on top after their win over Suttonians last weekend. This Sunday could see the league almost settled if Naas can overcome DLSP, while a DLSP win would take it to the wire.

In Junior 2, Lansdowne edged ever closer to the league title with their win over Belvo. It could be a great year yet for their President Paddy "Basher" Boylan -- J2, J3, Under-21 looking good and even the Senior AIL back in the frame in a big way.

Bective remain unbeaten in J2 Section B and are looking good for that.

The Junior 3 league has turned into a cracker. Wesley seemed to be home and hosed some weeks ago, but now appear to have lost their way. They lost to 'Nure at the weekend, so now Lansdowne and 'Nure are in first and second places and may settle it in a couple of weeks when they meet.

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