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Weekend Preview

27th April 2018 By Leonard Allen

Weekend Preview

Joe McSwiney scored two tries for Cork Constitution in their 26-3 home win over Young Munster INPHO/Tommy Dickson

The Division 1 semi-finals of the All Ireland League are down for decision, together with the concluding games in the promotion play-off series.

The Division 1 semi-finals of the All Ireland League are down for decision, together with the concluding games in the promotion play-off series.

The two Munster sides who qualified for the All Ireland League Division 1 semi-finals are both in action in Dublin.

Defending champions Cork Constitution, who finished third, take on second-placed Terenure College at Lakelands Park in their bid to qualify for a third successive decider. The Lilywhites will have their work cut out as they recorded a narrow 30-27 victory when these sides met at Temple Hill recently. Terenure won the corresponding fixture in the Capital on a 39-35 score line.

Garryowen, who finished fourth, lock horns with table toppers and 2015 champions Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium. The Sky Blues, who last won the title in 2007, ended Lansdowne’s unbeaten run when these sides met in Limerick in February, to avenge November’s 32-22 defeat in Dublin.

UCC travel to County Down to take on Banbridge in the Division 1B promotion play-off to determine which side will be joining Shannon in the top flight next season. These sides played out a 31-31 draw at Rifle Park in September, while the Students ran out 32-31 winners when these sides met at the Mardyke recently.

Nenagh Ormond are away to City of Armagh in the Division 2A promotion play-off. Games between these sides earlier in the season resulted in away wins as Nenagh ran out 38-32 winners at the Palace Grounds in October. The Ulster side recorded a 38-22 win in North Tipperary in February.

Bandon will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they host bottom side Instonians in the All Ireland Provincial League if they are to qualify for a play-off with Bruff at Kilballyowen Park to determine whether they will be playing senior rugby next season. The Munster champions scored four tries in their opening round defeat against Ballina in North Mayo while they scored eight tries in their comprehensive home win over Ashbourne last time out.

Munster Juniors get their Inter Provincial campaign under way at Ballyanly where they host defending champions Ulster as they bid to recover the title they won the season previous.

There are also a handful of games down for decision at Junior level.

In a double header at Irish Independent Park on Sunday, Cork Constitution and Richmond go head to head in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup decider.

This is preceded by the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl decider between Bantry Bay and Bruff.

A new name will be inscribed on the Martin O’Sullivan Cup as Dungarvan and Ennis contest the decider at Clanwilliam Park in Tipperary Town. Ennis have defeated the West Waterford side during the group phase of their Munster Junior League campaign and the promotion play-off series. Dungarvan are appearing in their second decider as they were defeated by Charleville in Fermoy in their previous appearance before Christmas in 2014.

Mallow will face Crosshaven in the final of the O’Neill Cup at Cobh.

Tonight at Dooradoyle Garryowen will be defending their Munster Junior Two League title when they host Cork Constitution.


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