Friday 26 May 2017

Buccs kicking hard for top spot

Buccaneers are hoping go top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this weekend when they host UCC at Dubarry Park (stock picture)
Buccaneers are hoping go top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this weekend when they host UCC at Dubarry Park (stock picture)

Daragh Small

Second-placed Buccaneers can go top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B this weekend when they host UCC at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

Buccaneers have won two of their opening three games - they lost 35-13 at Ballynahinch on the opening weekend. But since then they have bounced back with bonus-point victories over Shannon, 27-3, and Naas last weekend.

Buccaneers led 12-10 at half-time with tries from Conor McKeon and Rory Moloney in Forenaughts in Round 3.

But Fionn Carr's Naas side bounced back and a try from Carr, and 11 points from the boot of Peter Osbourne brought Naas back into contention.

The Kildare side were 16-12 ahead before late tries from Jordan Conroy and Eoghan O'Reilly sealed an impressive win for the visitors.

They welcome a UCC side to Athlone this weekend who have lost two of their three games since they were promoted to Division 1B this season.

Galwegians are sixth in the standings, but have also lost twice in 2016-'17 - they lost 18-13 at Naas, before they hammered UCC 31-14 in Crowley Park in Round 2.

But they lost 27-18 at Dolphin last weekend and will look to bounce back with a win when they host UL Bohemians.

Corinthians are sixth in Division 2A after two defeats from their opening three games. They lost to Blackrock and Belfast Harlequins before an impressive 38-15 win at Cashel - they host Highfield at Corinthian Park tomorrow.

Sligo are sixth in Division 2C ahead of their trip to take on Bruff at Kilballyowen Park. Two tries from Callum Goddard helped Sligo to a big win over Kanturk last weekend and they will be keen to kick on again.

Irish Independent

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