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'Tarf face tough task to overhaul Terenure

After the disappointment of last weekend on all fronts; Senior, U20 and Women's rugby against England -- not to mention the hockey -- it's back to business as usual in the Metro Cup campaigns.

It's knockout time with the leagues all over bar the odd game or two. To kick off, the Moran Cup -- J3 second round resumes tonight, with a few big ties taking place, including Clontarf versus Terenure. Terenure have already disposed of league winners Old Wesley, so will pose a tough ask for 'Tarf.

Another biggie is Lansdowne v Blackrock College. Old Belvedere welcome Malahide, while the final pairing of the night sees Trinity getting the 54A from College Green to Templeville Road to take on St Mary's College RFC.

In the 98FM Metropolitan Cup, the only outstanding first-round game between Clontarf and St Mary's takes place on Sunday, having fallen by the wayside last weekend.

Wanderers lie in wait for the winners of this top-end clash.

Bective host Garda, and Trinity won't know what to expect when they welcome Blackrock to College Park. Lansdowne travel less than a mile up the road to Sydney Parade to play Monkstown.

Terenure host Barnhall, while Section 'B' league winners Greystones will be up against tough opposition in DLSP at Kirwan Park. UCD also have a tough task when Belvo come calling.

At J2 in the Albert O'Connell Cup, we're at the quarter-final stages -- the tie of the round is possibly Old Belvedere v Stillorgan. Expect Lansdowne and St Mary's to get through this weekend, but Malahide v Coolmine is hard to call.