The big game in the AIL this Saturday afternoon takes place at the Aviva Stadium back pitch at 2.30, with the meeting of first and second: Lansdowne and Garryowen.
The latter side will be out for revenge here, having been humiliated 23-0 at home, when the teams met earlier in the season. Since then, the Limerick side have stepped up the pressure and will go into this afternoons game with realistic prospects of causing an upset. But for a 21-18 defeat to Cork Constitution, where they scored the games only two tries, Garryowen would be closer to today’s opposition and in the hunt for the top spot.
Lansdowne will be hoping that their star out-half Craig Ronaldson is in the same form as when he led the Irish overcome England in the Ulster Bank Club International last weekend. Ronaldson is a player of serious merit on his day, and supporters of the Dublin club will be hoping that he brings his A game to the Aviva this afternoon.
The hosts are given the verdict to win this game and extend their lead at the head of the league table. Garryowen are certain to put up a much stronger fight than last time but it may not be sufficient.