Con set for bel­ter of a Mun­ster derby with Gar­ry­owen

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Ul­ster Bank League

(Kick-off 2.30pm un­less stated) CLONTARF (5th) v DUBLIN UNIVER­SITY (8th), Cas­tle Av­enue Form: Clontarf: LWLWWWLW; Dublin Univer­sity: LLLWWLWL You could for­give Dublin Univer­sity for ap­proach­ing this game with cau­tion given they were ham­mered 62-0 over the course of last sea­son’s two meet­ings. How­ever, Clontarf are yet to peak this term and were for­tu­nate to come away with the spoils from Young Mun­ster last week, with last­minute penalty hero Conor Kelly, who is just 18, com­ing up trumps. GAR­RY­OWEN (2nd) v CORK CON­STI­TU­TION (3rd), Dooradoyle Form: Gar­ry­owen: LWWLWLWW; Cork Con­sti­tu­tion: WLWLLWWW

This should be a bel­ter of a Mun­ster derby with second-placed Gar­ry­owen and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cork Con­sti­tu­tion both com­ing into form.

Liam Coombes, Neil Cronin and David John­ston were three key cogs in the Light Blues’ bonus point win at Trin­ity last week, with Lisheen young­ster Coombes scor­ing a hat-trick of tries. Cork Con are grind­ing out wins — Quin­lan’s boot res­cued them in round 8 — and they could gain cru­cial ground in these backto-back clashes, as Gar­ry­owen are among their main ri­vals for a home semi-fi­nal berth.

ST. MARY’S COL­LEGE (9th) v BUC­CA­NEERS (10th), Tem­pleville Road

Form: St. Mary’s Col­lege: WLLWLLLL; Buc­ca­neers: LLLLLLLW

There was huge pride in the St Mary’s per­for­mance at the home of the cham­pi­ons last Satur­day, which would have been a win­ning one with a bit more luck for Ciaran Rud­dock and his team-mates. Mary’s re­turn home with young out-half Conor Dean re­ally grow­ing in stature. Buc­ca­neers too have re­newed con­fi­dence af­ter break­ing their duck at home to UCD, aided by the ef­forts of in­flu­en­tial locks Peter Claf­fey and Cian Ro­maine. TERENURE COL­LEGE (4th) v YOUNG MUN­STER (7th), Lake­lands Park

Form: Terenure Col­lege: WWWWLWLL; Young Mun­ster: LLWLWWLL

No wins for ei­ther side in the last two rounds, but Terenure did run lead­ers Lans­downe close in a Fri­day Night Lights bat­tle and a Ger Slat­tery-in­spired Young Mun­ster were a whisker away from beat­ing Clontarf.

The pres­sure is very much on Mun­sters given they have fallen to sev­enth over­all and are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Terenure, for whom num­ber 8 Eoin Joyce has chipped in with four tries to date.

UCD (6th) v LANS­DOWNE (1st), Belfield Bowl

Form: UCD: WWLLLLWL; Lanstomas WWWWWWWW Lans­downe had a slice of luck against Terenure with a con­tro­ver­sial try awarded in their favour, but they con­tinue to find a way to win even when los­ing two props to the sin-bin.

UCD emerged score­less from a late on­slaught on the Buc­ca­neers’ line last Satur­day, and they have fallen off the play-off pace de­spite the best ef­forts of skip­per Jamie Glynn, Em­met Macma­hon and Ciaran Fraw­ley, who has started at out-half and full-back in recent rounds.

Di­vi­sion 1B BALLYMENA (9th) v OLD BELVEDERE (3rd), Ea­ton Park Form: Ballymena: WLLLWLLL; Old Belvedere: LLWDWWLW

Old Belvedere put in their best per­for­mance of the sea­son so far in see­ing off Naas’ chal­lenge 28-10. Last week’s four tries were shared out by a back-line mar­shalled by streetwise full-back Daniel Riordan.

Ballymena have lost all four of their home games and have been guilty of play­ing rugby in the wrong ar­eas of the pitch. Mar­cus Rea and Bryan Young picked up in­juries against Shan­non, while Cal­lum Pat­ter­son, Glenn Bail­lie and Mark Foster face late fit­ness tests. BALLYNAHINCH (2nd) v SHAN­NON (1st), Bal­ly­macarn Park Form: Ballynahinch: LWWWLWWW; Shan­non: WWWWWWLW

This top of the ta­ble clash has all the in­gre­di­ents to be a clas­sic con­downe:

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