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Mary's need to put in a shift to secure second title

(matches Saturday at 2.35, unless stated) - DIVISION 1ASt Mary's College v Young Munster, Templeville Road

A large crowd is expected out in Dublin 6W with a simple equation on the table: a win will guarantee St Mary's their second All-Ireland League title.

Captain Hugh Hogan (pictured) returned from injury to claim the man of the match award against Clontarf in a tumultuous performance at Castle Avenue.

Coach Peter Smyth will have to keep the very same body-on-the-line attitude with what is almost certain to be the same side.

Lansdowne v Clontarf,

Aviva Stadium

You couldn't blame Clontarf for casting an envious eye to Templeville Road. Their destiny has been taken out of their hands.

Coach Andy Wood will have to pick his troops up from a demoralising defeat to St Mary's. Centre Killian Lett aggravated an injury which makes him a doubt. Lansdowne's Leinster scrum-half John Cooney is out of the picture. Conor Crowley may continue in his absence.

Blackrock College v Garryowen,

Stradbrook

'Rock can avoid automatic relegation if they can win at home to one Munster club and Old Belvedere lose away to another.

Luckily, Garryowen have nothing tangible to play for against a side which has conceded 201 points in six straight losses.

Cork Constitution v Old Belvedere,

Temple Hill

The champions have suddenly rediscovered the habit of winning, taking down Lansdowne (22-18), Shannon (31-16) and Garryowen (23-22). A losing bonus-point could be enough to guarantee a playoff against the second club in Division 1B.

DIVISION 1B

UCD v Dungannon,

Belfield Bowl, 2.30

College are in the perilous position of having to cope with promotion-pursuing Dungannon, while also relying on Buccaneers to do them a favour at Bruff.

This is a complicated scenario with Galwegians also in danger of being drawn into the battle for survival if Bruff and UCD earn bonus-point wins. Tough loose-head prop James Tracy should be back to take up the fight.


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