Wednesday 28 September 2016

Buccs chase top-tier spot in Hinch revenge mission

Daragh Small

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Brett Wilkinson looking for great success in his first season at Dubarry Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Brett Wilkinson looking for great success in his first season at Dubarry Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Buccaneers will make the difficult journey to take on in-form Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A promotion play-off tomorrow.

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It has been a tough few seasons for the Athlone outfit, since the new structure was re-drawn, and they have been stuck in Division 1B ever since.

However, last weekend's 23-12 defeat away to Shannon wasn't enough to derail their hopes of taking their place in the top tier and gaining revenge for their play-off defeat to Ballynahinch in 2014.

Buccaneers finished second in Division 1B at the end of the 2013/14 season, but lost to the northern outfit in the play-off for Division 1A status.

And Buccs will want to set the record straight on this occasion, with Brett Wilkinson looking for great success in his first season at Dubarry Park.

Buccaneers could have been facing Connacht rivals Galwegians this weekend, but their last gasp bonus-point defeat to Cork Constitution sent them down.

Buccaneers will want to ensure there is no fairytale ending to Ballynahinch's season: a win would put them in a play-off final against either Dublin University or Ballymena.

With Galwegians already relegated, promotion for Buccs would be a boost to club rugby in Connacht.

Irish Independent

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