Bottom side Shannon travel to Castle Avenue to take on Clontarf at 2.30pm on Saturday. The visitors can ill afford any further slip ups and require another bonus point victory to have any chance of retaining their status in the top flight.
Following on from last weekends 31-13 win over UL Bohemians, the Munster side will approach this match with a degree of confidence. While it really would go down as one of the greatest escapes of modern times were they to stay in Division One, nothing is certain in sport and Shannon are certain to give it their all this afternoon. Tadgh Bennett was the leader last time out, scoring two tries as his team got the points they so desperately needed. The experience of former Irish star Marcus Horan was also a huge help and Shannon supporters will be hoping that both men can answer the call once again.
Clontarf enjoyed a 20-14 victory the last time these two sides met, and with home advantage they will be expecting to win on Saturday. However, a loss to St Marys in the subsequent round all but ended their title chances and they have little to play for on this occasion. Shannon fans will be praying that the team in desperate need of the points can raise their game and take the win. Despite the current league position of both teams, Clontarf offer the greater attacking options and are given the verdict to win the tie.