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Rangers must hit Bec' to bridge 'Stones gap

BOTTOM club Bective need a win to bridge the four-point gap to 'Stones in 13th.

(All tomorrow 2.30 unless stated)


Bective Rangers v Greystones, Donnybrook, tonight 8.0.

Coach Warren O'Kelly stepped aside at Christmas and Kevin Lewis is back at the helm. The injury-hit Wicklow club will probably go with the same side that drew with Old Wesley in the last round, James Power lining out at full-back.

Terenure College v Banbridge, Lakelands Park.

This is definitely the match-up of the weekend as third hosts second, both holding a 6-1 record and a game-in-hand on leaders UCC. 'Nure have the best defence in the Division; Banbridge the best attack.

Midleton v DLSP, Towns Park.

Salmo' are right down there in the relegation quagmire, third from the bottom. Prop Cillian Lehmann, wing Ian O'Connor and full-back Michael Nevin are back on board.

Old Wesley v UCC, Donnybrook.

Wesley can do themselves and everyone around them a favour by taking down the league leaders. Captain Richie Morrow and Steven Boyle come into the back row.

Seapoint v Cashel, Kilbogget Park.

The Killiney club have lost two and drawn one of their last three to slide into trouble. Coach Nigel Osbourne and pack leader Des Doyle have stressed the importance of turning the tide up front.


Ards v Naas, Hamilton Park.

Player-coach Niall Carson will fancy the four points away to second-from-the floor Ards as Naas chase leaders Rainey.

Clonakilty v Navan, The Vale.

The Meath club have been moving nicely in sixth. Coach Leon Jordaan will want out-half Alan Hickey to make the long journey to Cork worthwhile.

NUIM Barnhall v Instonians, Parsonstown.

Director of rugby Denis Bowes will have his eye on second spot if his men can produce a bonus-point against the northerners.

Rainey Old Boys v Boyne, Hatrick Park.

This is a classic first at home to third as Boyne bid to end Rainey's 100pc return from seven rounds for their player-coach Craig McGrath.

Sunday's Well v Skerries, Musgrave Park.

Mid-table mediocrity is a disappointing position for Skerries, who signed a number of homegrown players from higher divisions for this season.

Suttonians v Armagh, McDowell Grounds.

The northsiders have been inconsistent, striking for two five-pointers from their three wins. A new year will hopefully bring new consistency.