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Junior Rugby Preview

23rd November 2017 By The Editor

Junior Rugby Preview

The Munster Junior League resumes this weekend following a three-week break to facilitate various knock-out competitions.

The Munster Junior League resumes this weekend following a three-week break to facilitate various knock-out competitions.

Full fixture list.

The game of the day in Division 1 on Sunday sees Clonmel going head to head with Richmond in a top of the table clash at the South Tipperary venue. Clonmel, who have a two-point lead over the Limerick side, will be looking to get back to winning ways in their quest for a fourth successive title as they were held to a 22-22 draw by Kilfeacle last time out. Richmond are a point ahead of Bandon and Kilfeacle following their 23-19 home win over Waterpark and will want to reverse last week’s home defeat by Clonmel in the Cup.

Bandon and Kilfeacle, who are joint third lock horns at Old Chapel. The West Cork side will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they aim to build on their 31-13 away win over Kanturk.

Fourth-placed Abbeyfeale will be looking to keep their challenge for a top four finish intact as they should prove too strong for Youghal at the West Limerick venue, with Youghal having claimed their first points from their surprise home win over Clanwilliam.

Kanturk, who are without a win since their opening day victory over Waterpark travel to Tipperary Town to take on Clanwilliam, with the home side looking to bounce back from their shock defeat against Youghal.

Newcastle West welcome Skibbereen to West Limerick for a mid-table clash.

The two sides propping up the table are on the road in search of their first points as Galbally are away to St Senan’s and Cobh Pirates travel to Suirside to take on Waterpark.

Proceedings in Division 2 get underway on Friday evening as Kinsale take on Clonakilty at the South Cork venue. Clonakilty are third behind leaders St Mary’s while Kinsale have slipped to fifth place following their 17-12 defeat by Ballincollig at Tanner Park.

Leaders St Mary’s are at home to Thurles with both sides having recorded away wins over Ballincollig and Muskerry respectively.

Crosshaven, who are level on points with St Mary’s, should prove too strong for Mitchelstown at the North Cork venue.

Mitchelstown, who recorded their first win of the campaign against Killarney in the Kingdom, also claimed a losing bonus point on home soil against Clonakilty last week. The South Cork side are coming off the back of an away win over Castleisland.

Elsewhere, Mallow are at home to Killarney in a basement clash and Castleisland make the long trip to Suirside to take on Waterford City.

The game of the day in Division 3 sees runaway leaders Fethard travelling to West Waterford to take on Dungarvan, who are joint second with Killorglin. Fethard will be looking to make it five wins form five, while the home side were defeated 12-3 by Ennis at the Clare venue last time out.

Killorglin are at home to Ennis and the Kerry side will be looking to make the most of home advantage count against Ennis if they are to bounce back from their 22-6 defeat by Fermoy at the same venue.

Charleville and Tralee, who were both relegated form Division 2 go head to head at Smith’s Road. The North Cork side should prove too strong for Tralee, who defeated Charleville when these sides met at O’Dowd Park last season, in a game that was the Kerry side’s first home win in two seasons following their relegation form the top flight.

Fermoy travel to South Cork, where they should prove too strong for Douglas-Carrigaline, who are propping up the table and Bantry Bay are seeking their second win as they entertain Chorca Dhuibhne.

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