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Sunday 4 December 2016

No bonus point for Lansdowne

Division TWO

Published 25/01/2010 | 05:00

THE only shock at the RDS came with the news that Lansdowne had failed to secure maximum points for only the third time this season.

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Fourteen points clear after their 17-12 win over Trinity, the Dubliners are running away with the league and all eyes are now on the race to join them in Division 1B next season.

A 14-12 win over Terenure sees DLSP lead the way on 28 points.

Bective are a point behind in third on scoring difference after their 19-0 win over Thomond yesterday, while behind them on the same points mark are Old Wesley, who beat Clonakilty 22-15 and Bruff, who beat Greystones 18-3. Belfast Harlequins are two points further adrift after they beat UCD 18-6 in Belfast.

Division Three

RORY BEST made a welcome return to rugby with Banbridge and the Ireland hooker helped his clubmates to a 17-5 win over Barnhall that puts them fourth.

Midleton's 100pc record continued with a 12-6 victory over Sunday's Well, while Queens kept the pace up with an 18-3 home win over Nenagh.

Carlow finally got their first win of the season, shocking third placed Instonians.

Star Turn

Richie Leydon (Old Belvedere)

Old Belvedere's play-off push suffered a setback with defeat last weekend, but Leydon's two tries helped the Dubliners bounce back with a bonus-point win in Ballymena and go back top.

One to Watch

Cormac O'Flynn (Dolphin)

Dolphin stalwart Barry Keeshan's absence on Saturday allowed Ireland U-20 squad member O'Flynn an opportunity at out-half against St Mary's. Seven successful penalties later, the Dubliners were heading home pointless and Musgrave Park had witnessed a rising star.

12 Tries the prolific David Mongan has scored in nine games for Old Belvedere as he lights up Division 1B.

Compiled by Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent

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