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Clontarf out to confirm AIL form with UCD


Ariel Robles, Clontarf

Ariel Robles, Clontarf

Ariel Robles, Clontarf

UCD v Clontarf, Donnybrook, Tomorrow (KO 3.0)

This will be the coming together of champions as UCD defend their title against the reigning AIL holders in the 129th Leinster Senior Cup final.

College have manhandled NUIM Barnhall (27-20), Seapoint (76-0) and Terenure (22-18), the club they beat in last year's final, in the last four as they bid to win it for the tenth time.

'Tarf defeated Trinity (19-14), Old Wesley (17-10) and Lansdowne (16-12) to make the semi-final where they drew (28-28) with Old Belvedere to reach the final on a "Tie Breaker".

The most relevant, recent fact is that Clontarf outplayed College 25-2 in the AIL out in Castle Avenue. Coach Andy Wood will be out to confirm that impression.

He will have to do so with the cloud of collective injury hanging over his head.

They went into battle in the All-Ireland League last week with seven out of order and promptly lost wing Ariel Robles and back rower Adrian Darcy in the first five minutes.

UCD Director of Rugby Bobby Byrne will hatch a plan to illustrate the unpredictable nature of Cup rugby.

The students have been heavily hampered by the exploits of Leinster A and this is not likely to stop tomorrow.

They had Sam Coghlan-Murray, Gavin Thornbury, Jordan Coghlan and Garry Ringrose among those in action against Connacht A on Wednesday with the B&I Cup trip to Rotherham scheduled for next week.

It could go either way.

Greystones v Wanderers, Donnybrook, Tomorrow (KO 1.0)

This Senior Shield final is a rematch from the League phase of the competition which Greystones won with 21 points to spare.

'Stones had to draw on all of their reserves of stamina to outlast Tullamore 23-20, having topped Section A with wins over Naas (24-15), Wanderers (41-20) and DLSP (22-14).

Wanderers will have waited in the long grass for payback since that earlier setback against the Wicklow club.

They defeated Naas (29-14) and DLSP (18-15) before overcoming Skerries 41-24 in their semi-final.