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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mary's clash with Cork is poised to be an epic

DIVISION 1A

St Mary's Coll v Cork Con, Templeville Rd

Forwards Hugh Hogan and Robin Copeland are back from international club duty on what is a 'Lady's Day' for breast cancer research.

Dolphin v Blackrock Coll, Musgrave PK

You would have to think the greater motivation is with Dolphin as they are still well in the hunt for a semi-final. 'Rock could ask Darragh Fitzpatrick to fill in at full-back for the injured Niall Morris.

Shannon v Clontarf, Coonagh

Bernard Jackman's troops will have to win their last two matches to hold any hope of avoiding a drop into Division 1B. Henry Bryce is back in the centre.

DIVISION 1B

Old Belvedere v B'nahinch, Anglesea Rd

Phil Werahiko's men can go a long way towards clinching the title and qualifying for the AIB League semi-finals by hitting second-from-bottom 'Hinch for five points.

DIVISION TWO

DLSP v Lansdowne, Kirwan Pk

Third-placed Salmo will need everything to go their way to achieve promotion. Dundalk's dual-status lock Cian Erraught could be in the mix. The champions' only remaining goal is to go through the season undefeated. Former UCC lock Neilus Keogh is making a good impression.

Dublin Uni v Old Wesley, College Pk

With safety secured, Trinity will look to entertain as they always do. Dominic Gallagher will be back on the openside for the injured Johnny Iliff. It would take a list of unlikely results for Wesley to threaten for a semi-final spot. The Hastings brothers, Michael and Brian, reconvene in the centre.

Greystones v Corinthians, Dr Hickey Pk

The sombre mood around relegation-doomed Greystones is not going to lift any time soon. They could be unchanged from the Terenure match.

Bruff v Bective Rgrs, Killballyowen Pk

Rangers could do themselves and the clubs around them a big favour by eclipsing the second-placed Limerick club. Ireland U20 Robin O'Sullivan will be on the openside.

Clonakilty v Terenure Coll, Shannonvale

'Nure have moved nicely through the field into fifth by winning their last three matches. Coach Ian Morgan has to deal with four injuries in his front five.

Malone v UCD, Gibson Park

Mid-table College have not been able to rebound to a higher Division. Former Ireland Youths out-half Niall Earls is growing into his role.

DIVISION THREE

Naas v Barnhall, Forenaughts

Coach Andy Wood has to deal with the looming prospect of a possible play-off to stay in the AIB League. He needs a win here badly. The Leixlip outfit could be the perfect foil for them, comfortably located in tenth.

Navan v Portadown, Balreask Old

The Meath club will go looking for their sixth win of the season. They are unchanged.

County Carlow v Connemara, Oak PK

Coach Jason Jones was presiding over a dead duck from day one. It will be their last AIB League match at Oak Park for some time.

Ards v Suttonians, Hamilton Park

Coach Robert Forbes will have David Farrell at full-back and Paul Proctor on the blindside.

Instonians v Wanderers, Shaws Bridge

Wanderers are stacked highest of the Leinster clubs in an underwhelming seventh.

BY DES BERRY

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