Friday 30 September 2016

Buccs eager to finish strongly and build for next campaign

Daragh Small

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Buccaneers have flirted with the top four all year, but they remain two points behind Old Wesley, and 13 points behind Ballymena, who are third in the standings (Stock photo: PA)
Buccaneers have flirted with the top four all year, but they remain two points behind Old Wesley, and 13 points behind Ballymena, who are third in the standings (Stock photo: PA)

Buccaneers host Belfast Harlequins in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B at Dubarry Park tomorrow as they look to finish the season strongly with promotion now well out of sights.

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Despite a try from wing Rory O'Connor and 11 points courtesy of Connacht academy star Conor McKeon last weekend, the Pirates slipped to their eighth defeat of the season, 19-16 away to league leaders St Mary's.

Buccaneers have flirted with the top four all year, but they remain two points behind Old Wesley, and 13 points behind Ballymena, who are third in the standings.

Brett Wilkinson's side close out their season with games away to Blackrock College, at home to Old Wesley, and on the final day they travel to take on Shannon. And with a squad packed full of Connacht youngster Buccaneers are likely to push for promotion next term.

In Division 1A it was a good week for Galwegians last time out, and they will look to replicate that as they travel to take on reigning champions Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

Ballynahinch's defeat at Young Munster last weekend complemented Galwegians' 30-17 win over Garryowen. And another win would push them further clear of relegation.

In 2A and 2C neither Corinthians nor Sligo play this weekend.

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