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Galwegians, fresh from overcoming Trinity in cup action, face another student outfit when UCC travel to Crowley Park for Saturday’s AIB League division 1B fixture.
The hurling action in Kilkenny last weekend left many clubs with different emotions. For some it was the elation of having reached their goal for the year, for others it was a case of being so close and yet so far. For some it was the relief of having held on to their current status, and for two clubs it was the disappointment of dropping down a grade.
Connacht learned that a good start was half the battle when they overcame the Scarlets to record their second win of the Magners League.
Corinthians moved up two places and within six points of division 2 leaders Lansdowne with a fine win against Old Crescent in Cloonacauneen on Saturday.
Buccaneers head north to Stevenson Park where they tackle Dungannon in the AIB League division 1B on Saturday afternoon, November 14, kick off 2.30 pm. Buccs will be bidding to maintain the momentum fired by back to back wins after a difficult opening sequence to the season, and victory in Co Tyrone would see the midlanders climb above the Ulster club in the league table.
An excellent display by outhalf David Smith helped Old Wesley to a well deserved victory over Corinthians at Donnybrook.The home side were on top from the off. After seven minutes Wesley went in for an easy try, with the visitors back line at sixes and sevens the home side fullback Brian Doherty touched down in the corner. Smith converted same.
All Ireland League action resumes on Saturday with Galwegians facing the long trek north to Ballymena.
Buccaneers face AIB Cup holders Ballynahinch for the first time at home in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on December 5, when the sides clash in a crunch AIB League division 1B encounter kicking off at 2.30pm. Even though the season has not yet reached the halfway stage, this a game that both clubs absolutely must win.
A poor weekend for all Connacht rugby clubs in AIB League action.
Connacht’s season could hinge on tonight’s big clash with French side Montpellier at the Galway Sportsground (7pm). A victory for either side would ensure a top pool position and a Quarter-Final in this year’s revamped Amlin Challenge Cup competition; a defeat for Connacht would consign them to their constant struggle at the bottom of the Magners League. To top the pool - the first time since 1998 - and bag a Quarter-Final spot would provide Connacht with a home fixture against one of the best Heineken Cup sides in Europe. It is a massive incentive and would also give them some much-needed momentum to take them through the next couple of months.