Wednesday 16 August 2017

Clubs primed for assault on top half of league tables

Scott Deasy, from Lansdowne RFC, with the Ulster Bank League Cup and, from left, Ben Reilly, Clontarf, Josh Hrstich, Garryowen, Jonathan Slattery, Old Belvedere, James Blayney, Terenure, James Ryan, Cork Constitution, Paul Pritchard, Ballynahinch, Ger Slattery, Young Munster, Stephen Murphy, UCD and Jarleth Naughten, Galwegians
Scott Deasy, from Lansdowne RFC, with the Ulster Bank League Cup and, from left, Ben Reilly, Clontarf, Josh Hrstich, Garryowen, Jonathan Slattery, Old Belvedere, James Blayney, Terenure, James Ryan, Cork Constitution, Paul Pritchard, Ballynahinch, Ger Slattery, Young Munster, Stephen Murphy, UCD and Jarleth Naughten, Galwegians
Connacht supporters Darragh Counihan, aged 9, right, and Caleb Fleetwood, aged 9, both from Clarinbridge, Co. Galway, enjoy the Pro12 game against Cardiff at The Sportsground last weekend

Daragh Small

The first block of fixtures in the Ulster Bank League have concluded, and Galwegians have performed above expectations to sit sixth in Division 1A.

It could have been better for Matt Brown's men as two games ended in disappointing defeats, but their decisive victories over Cork Con and Lansdowne made up for that.

After the opening thriller against Cork Con - when 'Wegians won by the minimum - they faced into two tough away days, against Terenure and Old Belvedere.

Galwegians could have claimed two wins, but didn't pick up a single losing bonus point. They were heroic last weekend and their 41-20 victory over reigning champions Lansdowne came at the right time.

Ed O'Keefe has starred since he joined from Young Munster. He has five tries in just four games, with two last weekend in a convincing win.

Buccaneers could also have taken more from the first block, but they are third in Division 1B, with three wins from four - including three bonus points. They hammered Belfast Harlequins 38-20 last weekend.

Corinthians are rooted to the bottom of Division 2A, but they got their first win of the campaign on Saturday, beating Thomond 19-12 at home.

Sligo are ninth in 2C after a 12-11 defeat to Midleton at Hamilton Park.

Irish Independent

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