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Blackrock College v Clontarf, Stradbrook

The northside-southside divide lives on in this battle between two clubs in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Division. Coach Barry Gibney could go with that same side that came up just short against Con'.

Clontarf number eight Paddy Mallon is a major doubt with Martin Garvey a possible replacement.

Dolphin v St Mary's College RFC, Musgrave Park

Peter Smyth's St Mary's are standing the test of time well enough to trail leaders Cork Con by two points.

Gavin Hickie could come in for Richard Sweeney at hooker.


Ballymena v Old Belvedere, Eaton Park

Belvo' will look to return to the top following their top of the table slump to Young Munster (16-15) last Saturday.

It would make sense to look for red-hot try-scoring wing David Mongan.


Lansdowne v Dublin University, The RDS

Coach Willie Clancy has overseen one of only two clean records in all four Divisions. Lansdowne have the best defence and attack in the Division. They should be unchanged.

There is nothing Trinity coach Tony Smeeth loves more than the tag of the underdog. Captain Johnny Iliff is injured, to be replaced by U20 openside Dominic Gallagher.

Terenure College v DLSP, Lakelands Park

Unchanged 'Nure have a game in hand on those above them which could see them catapulted into the middle of the promotion battle.

Salmo' will work to recover from the body blow at home to Bective last week that takes them back into the pack. Ken Copeland will be back in the centre.

Bective Rangers v Thomond, Donnybrook (Sunday)

Coach Kevin Lewis will look to take the confidence from the domination of DLSP to make it three wins and a draw from their last four. Out-half Cormac O'Beirne and wing Ed Saul are both out injured.

Old Wesley v Clonakilty, Donnybrook

Wesley were given a sharp shock by Harlequins (36-11) last Saturday. Second-from-bottom Clonakilty should provide the perfect chance to rebuild belief.

Belfast Harlequins v UCD, Deramore Park

College are on the rise. There was no shame in defeat by Lansdowne. This is the sort of game they must make count. Centre Eoin Conran will start in place of the sidelined Ian McKinley.

Bruff v Greystones, Killballyowen Park

'Stones managed their second win of the campaign last Saturday. This is not likely to be a pleasant experience. 'Stones have wings Stuart O'Connell and Ronan Carroll back in the frame.


Navan v Wanderers, Balreask Old

Even at this mid-point of the season, Navan look safe enough to plan for next season. They are unchanged.

Amazingly, Wanderers find themselves 11 points adrift of Midleton in sixth after six wins in eight. Lock Paul Ryan is out for the rest of the season.

County Carlow v Rainey Old Boys, Oak Park

It is looking like a lost cause for Carlow with seven straight defeats and one miserly losing bonus-point for their efforts. Billy Murphy moves across to full-back from the wing.

Banbridge v Barnhall, Rifle Park

The Leixlip club will need to show the blanket defence that shut out Portadown last time out on their travels north.

Instonians v Suttonians, Shaws Park

The Sutton boys will try to reverse a trend of four straight losses on the road, so far, with the same side.