Saturday 27 May 2017

Mixed fortunes on the final day

The final regular-season fixtures in the Ulster Bank League took place last weekend with mixed results for the Connacht clubs. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The final regular-season fixtures in the Ulster Bank League took place last weekend with mixed results for the Connacht clubs. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The final regular-season fixtures in the Ulster Bank League took place last weekend with mixed results for the Connacht clubs.

Defeat for Sligo at Navan denied them the Division 2C title and they now host Rainey Old Boys tomorrow at 2.30pm in the play-off semi-final.

Division 1B champions Buccaneers won again on the final day as Galwegians were relegated to Division 2A after a home loss to Naas.

Corinthians finished their 2A campaign with a flourish thanks to a 43-10 victory over Blackrock College at Corinthian Park to secure a sixth-placed finish.

Buccaneers ended their Division 1B title-winning campaign with a bang as they hammered Ballynahinch 40-10 at Dubarry Park.

The champions' talismanic number 8 and captain Kolo Kiripati, who is bowing out after almost a decade with the Athlone club, even chipped in with a conversion in the six-try triumph.

One of the real success stories of Buccs' season is young winger Jordan Conroy who has shone in the try-scoring stakes. The Ireland Sevens flyer ran in his 18th league try against 'Hinch, giving him a perfect one try-per-game ratio.

There were no last-day heroics from Galwegians who will make the drop down to Division 2A after losing 27-16 at home to Naas. Two second-half tries from Rory Parata and Adam Leavy were not enough.

There was a straight shoot-out for the Division 2C silverware at Balreask Old where Navan prevailed 15-5 against second-placed Sligo.

Irish Independent

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