Ulster Bank League Weekend Previews #UBL

Old Belvedere v Blackrock College RFC - Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1ATHE ULSTER Bank rugby league returns after a weekend off to accommodate International fixtures.
In Division 1A, resurgent Garryowen travel to UCD in the hope that their two game winning streak can be turned into three. With no disrespect meant to coach Tom Tierney, the addition of Eddie O’Sullivan seems to have made a miraculous difference to the lights blues. As mentioned before in these pieces, the lack of a playoff for the top four means that Garryowen will be playing some teams who have little to play for but pride. In saying that, UCD, the de facto Leinster academy, will be a tough nut to crack.
In the same Division, Young Munster will be taking on Lansdowne at Greenfields on Saturday. Both sides have a 6-5 record this season and should Young Munster close this out for a win, Staunton’s men will have yet another building block ahead of next season.
In Division 1B, Shannon, with games in hand, could yet spoil the party for the teams above them. The Coonagh side are at home this weekend against Buccaneers and a bonus point win could see them get right back in the mix for a shot at second spot.
UL Bohemians will be looking to win away in Dublin University this weekend as they chase down Corinthians in second place. The Annacotty side are six points behind second with a game more played. A five pointer this weekend is a minimum, one would think.
In Division 2A, sixteenth placed Bruff travel to Highfield, while fifteenth placed Old Crescent make their way to Banbridge. Both Limerick sides are in danger of relegation and with time running out, two wins away from home are a must.
Finally, in Division 2B, third placed Thomond take on twelfth placed Ards on Saturday, up North. The Limerick side are 10 points off of top spot and just four off of second. A win for the blue and whites will see them all set up for the final three weekends of the season.
Richmond, currently eight in the same Division, take on 2-9 Instonians. A home win for the Canal Bank side is expected here.
Predictions? Garryowen, Lansdowne, Bohs, Shannon, Bandridge, Bruff, Thomond and Richmond.

by Justin Brady
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