Corinthians' league play-off ambition down to the wire

Galway Corinthians RFC face one of their biggest weeks in recent years when they host Blackrock College on Saturday in Corinthian Park 2.30pm ).

JP Cooney’s side know what they need to produce - a win over Blackrock College on Saturday and they are into the Energia League division 2B semi-final. Lose, and if Wanderers beat Sligo, they will miss out on that place having been second in the table since before Christmas.

Last weekend the Galway outfit travelled to Deramore Park to take on Belfast Harlequins, another side that needed a win to remain in the semi-final reckoning. The home side led 14-10 by virtue of two tries - both coming from mauls and converted by Paul Kerr.

Corinthians hit back with a try from Josh Rowland converted by Mark McDermott, who also another added a penalty to leave the gap at four points at the break.

The second half was a cagey affair, and despite Corinthians best efforts, they could not break down a determined Harlequins backline. In the end it was the boot of Kerr who extended their lead, with Harlequins winning 20-10.

As a result Corinthians slipped from second to fourth, and with Wanderers beating Galwegians with a bonus point, only two points now separate Corinthians in fourth and Wanderers in fifth going into Saturday’s games.

The bottom line for Corinthians is that they must win on Saturday to be certain of that semi-final spot and given so much at stake, one of the largest crowds of the season is expected to be at Corinthian Park this Saturday.


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