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Home advantage gives 'Tarf the edge

Clontarf v St Mary's College, Castle Avenue 1.15 - There is a single point between these two clubs at the top. Home advantage could tip the balance in 'Tarf's favour.


(matches Saturday at 2.30, unless stated)

Old Belvedere v Lansdowne, Anglesea Road

The champions have put back-to-back wins together to stand on the brink of a miraculous escape. Mike Ruddock's Lansdowne hold the fourth play-off place.

Shannon v Blackrock College, Thomond Park

Given the volcanic disruption to 'Rock's season, they will have to dig deep to avoid the drop into 1B.


Belfast Harlequins v UCD, Deramore Park

A tall order for Bobby Byrne's boys, although the All-Ireland U21 victory will provide a feelgood factor.


Dublin University v Old Wesley, College Park

The champions could ease off the throttle now. But Tony Smeeth will demand standards stay high.

Greystones v Bective Rangers, Dr Hickey Park

Rangers will take the convenience of a mid-table finish into this one.

DLSP v Midleton, Kirwan Park

If centre Ken Copeland doesn't play, Ian O'Connor will come into the three-quarter line.

Clonakilty v Terenure College, the Vale

'Nures could have Kevin O'Dwyer and John Dever back in the back row.

Malone v Seapoint, Gibson Park

Hooker Stephen Verso and tight-head prop Ross Elmes come into the front row for the Killiney club.


Boyne v Nenagh Ormond, Drogheda

Player/coach Craig McGrath and Bryan Croke will direct traffic from half-back.

Naas v Armagh, Forenoughts

Player/coach Niall Carson continues with Jock Toland at hooker in an unchanged selection.

Navan v Ards, Balreask Old

Coach Leo Jordaan has recalled half-backs John Davis and Brian Forristal and Tommy Clarke to his back row.

Connemara v NUIM Barnhall, Monastery Field

Peter Courtney out as Barnhall eye potential promotion.

Highfield v Suttonians, Woodleigh Park

Shane Derby will probably make his AIL debut.

Banbridge v Wanderers, Rifle Park

Coach Greg Lynch will have to orchestrate a 'Houdini' escape from relegation against Banbridge.