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Final fantasies are world away for stuttering 'Tarf


Clontarf v Cork Constitution, Castle Avenue

Coach Bernard Jackman is quickly becoming more concerned with survival than a return to the final. Peter O'Brien will start at out-half against his former club.

St Mary's College rfc v UL-Bohemian, Templeville Road

The Leinster challenge is faltering as the Munster clubs gather at the top of the Division. Leinster's progressive tight-head, Jack McGrath, comes into the frontrow.

Shannon v Blackrock College rfc, Coonagh

Peter Smyth's players have a game in hand on three of the four above them. 'Rock are in a state of flux over the availability of a clutch of Leinster players.


Old Belvedere v Galwegians, Anglesea Road

It is oh-so-tight at the top with Belvo' holding a one-point advantage over Young Munster. They were waiting on news of the release of centre Eoin O'Malley and scrum-half Chris Keane.


Bective Rangers v Terenure College rfc, Donnybrook

Rangers are involved in a three-way tie with DLSP and Bruff in joint second. Coach Kevin Lewis is waiting on the fitness of prop Caesar de Sande and lock Paul Hatton. 'Nure coach Ian Morgan will want to end a two-game losing sequence. John Dever and Ian Morley move into the backrow.

DLSP v UCD, Kirwan Park

Salmo' coach David Murphy is keen to maintain the push for promotion with what will be close to the same team again. Director of Rugby John McClean is quietly overseeing College's climb up the ladder, despite the various Ireland U20 call-ups.

Greystones v Lansdowne, Dr Hickey Park

There would have to be fear for the pride of 'Stones as they are next in line for the champions-elect. There are doubts about prop Ronan Kearney and number eight Dan McGettigan. Lansdowne coach Bobby Clancy could be forgiven for planning for next season already.

Highfield v Dublin University, Woodleigh Park

Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth was rightly smiling at the end of Trinity's away win at Bective last Wednesday week. Captain Johnny Iliff will return on the openside for Dominic Gallagher.

Malone v Old Wesley, Gibson Park

Wesley are four points off second-place as they search for their seventh win of the campaign. There are a couple of injury issues to be resolved.


County Carlow v Sundays Well, Oak Park

Carlow have followed their only win of the season with two more losses. A dreadful run of injuries means they are down to the bare bones.

Naas v Wanderers, Forenaughts

The Kildare club had a shock for Instonians last time out. Flanker Regan Phipps is back and making a big difference. They will look to hit Wanderers for four.

The Merrion Road club are out of the promotion hunt.

Navan v Barnhall, Balreask Old

There is only some old-fashioned Leinster club rivalry to play for here. Player/coach Brad Harris goes with the same side. Barnhall are holding their ground in the lower-middle section of the table.

Nenagh Ormond v Suttonians, New Ormond Park

Coach Robert Forbes will be doing well to engineer a win at fourth-placed Nenagh.