We have AIL Rugby updates and live score commentary from Cork Constitution vs Clontarf & St. Mary’s College vs. UL Bohemians
Cork Constitution vs Clontarf, Temple Hill: Today’s meeting at Temple Hill could prove pivotal in the latter stages of the season sat both of these teams will likely be in the shake up for the title come April. Clontarf always produce a strong side and after driving Mary’s so close last year, they will be formidable opponents for anyone in the division. Darragh Fitzpatrick joins them from Blackrock but Barry O’Mahony has left for Munster.
Cork Con come into this match with a win already under their belts having qualified for the Munster senior cup semi-final after a hard fought win over Garryowen last week.
How half-backs Gerry Hurley and Johnny Holland perform will be critical to today’s outcome as last season both these sides won their home fixtures. Expect a tight game.
Previous Meetings: Nov 2011, Cork Con 26 Clontarf 18, Temple Hill. Feb 2012, Clontarf 10 Cork Con 9, Castle Road.
Prediction: Cork Con.
St. Mary’s College vs. UL Bohemians, Templeville Road: Potential banana skin for the defending champions as they face newly promoted Bohs who return to the first division after one of the closest fought campaigns in many years in last year’s division 1B.
Mary’s new head coach and former number 8 Hugh Hogan takes over from Peter Smyth and already must cope with injury concerns as centre Mark Sexton is unavailable. Richie Sweeney captains the side from the front row alongside his brother Rob.
Bohs are apparently playing the most exciting rugby in Limerick at the moment and all eyes will be on their back line. Ireland Under-20 outhalf JJ Hanrahan, Martin Mcphail and Ben Martin will be looking to use their pace to stretch their Dublin opponents.
Previous Meetings: Nov 2009, UL Bohemians 25 St. Mary’s 20, Thomond Park. Feb 2010, St. Mary’s 39 UL Bohemians 12, Templeville Road.
Prediction: UL Bohemians.