Friday 20 October 2017

Club scene - All-Ireland League uncovered

GAME OF THE DAY

Second-placed Cork Con make the short trip to play local rivals Dolphin at Musgrave Park in the first Cork derby of the season.

MUSGRAVE PARK, FRIDAY 7.30

Second-placed Cork Con make the short trip to play local rivals Dolphin at Musgrave Park in the first Cork derby of the season.

Con are one of only two teams in Division 1A that remain undefeated this season, while Dolphin have had a mixed start to the season – winning and losing two of their four games played thus far. Both of Dolphin's defeats have come in their last two games against Dublin opposition, so they will be keen to get back to winning ways this evening.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the game will be the battle between the two young Munster fly-halves. Con's Johnny Holland (above) is considered to be Munster's third choice No 10, but Dolphin's Rory Scannell is coming hot on his heels. Holland is in his second year with the Munster academy, while Scannell is in his first. Both youngsters have featured for the Munster 'A' side in the British and Irish Cup this season and are central to their club side's expansive game plans.

Con winger Niall Kenneally (21), signed an academy contract with Munster last Wednesday and is highly regarded. His side will be looking to get him involved as much as they can, while Dolphin will be hoping to welcome back Cian Bohane and Dave O'Callaghan, after they were both involved with Munster last weekend.

Dolphin will be eager to put an end to their two game losing streak but against an already formidable looking Con outfit will find it difficult.

Verdict: Away Win

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

With Ireland playing Samoa at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, the IRFU's decision to play all but one of the Division 1A league games has been welcomed in most quarters. Four derbies take place under lights this evening – giving supporters the chance to get out and support their clubs.

Given that the provinces are not in action, plenty of clubs will be bolstered by the return of their provincial players. Plenty of focus will be on the national side this weekend, but a Friday night local derby under floodlights is the ideal way to kick-off the weekend's rugby feast.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

2 Garryowen and Ballynahinch are the only sides in Division 1A that are without a win from their opening four games.

IRFU LIVE STREAMING

For the past few weeks, the IRFU have been providing highlights of one selected game from the weekend's fixtures. Tonight, however, will see them upping their coverage as they provide a live stream from Musgrave Park, for the Cork derby between Dolphin and Cork Con.

Coverage begins at 7.25 and can be viewed on irishrugby.ie.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE FIXTURES

AIL DIVISION 1A

Tonight (7.30): Clontarf v UCD, Castle Avenue; Dolphin v Cork Con, Musgrave Park; Garryowen v Young Munster, Dooradoyle; St. Mary's College v Lansdowne, Templeville Road.

Tomorrow (2.30): Old Belvedere v Ballynahinch, Anglesea Road.

DIVISION 1B

Tonight (7.30): Corinthians v Buccaneers, Corinthians Park.

Tomorrow (2.30 unless stated) Blackrock College v Dungannon (2.0), Stradbrook; Dublin University v Terenure College (2.0), Sydney Parade; Malone v Belfast Harlequins, Gibson Park; Shannon v Garryowen, Coonagh.

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