Friday 28 April 2017

Sligo's promotion showdown

Sligo RFC are one win away from becoming champions of Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League (Stock image)
Sligo RFC are one win away from becoming champions of Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League (Stock image)

Daragh Small

Excitement is building as Sligo RFC are one win away from automatic promotion and becoming champions of Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League.

It will be a massive final day of action where it's a winner-takes-all game against leaders Navan in Balreask Old.

Sligo are just three points behind their opponents at the top of the standings after last weekend's 30-9 win over Tullamore.

Galwegians must get a result against Naas at Crowley Park tomorrow to stand any chance of remaining in Division 1B.

But even a victory might not be enough for the Glenina outfit, who lost 24-22 against UCC at Mardyke last weekend - their 13th league defeat of the season.

That slip-up against the Cork students saw 'Wegians fall into the bottom spot of the division; they now are two points adrift and must rely on results elsewhere too to survive.

Second-from-bottom Dolphin are away to UL Bohemians in a huge Munster derby at UL tomorrow, and if the Cork club win that game, then Galwegians will be playing their rugby in the third tier next season.

That would mean Buccaneers will be the only Connacht outfit in the top two divisions.

Brett Wilkinson's side have been fantastic this season, and they are 16 points clear at the top of 1B ahead of their game against Ballynahinch at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

In Division 2A, Corinthians are now safe after they hammered Belfast Harlequins 50-10 at Deramore Park last weekend. It was a huge victory for the club, and they can now relax this weekend - they host Blackrock College with six points between them and second-from-bottom Sunday's Well.

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