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Tullamore primed for titanic clash at 'Bridge

AFTER a well-earned break, action resumes in the Leinster League Division 1A tomorrow.

The biggest game of the season so far will take place in Rosetown, as second-placed Newbridge host runaway leaders Tullamore in a game that could see the visitors open up a 12-point lead.

Tullamore have been unstoppable to date and if the County Kildare side are to have any chance, they must provide quality ball to a talented back division.

Elsewhere in the top tier, third-placed Enniscorthy should take advantage of the fallout from the skirmishes in Rosetown when they host bottom side Garda.

Wanderers will be hoping to continue their recent renaissance when Dundalk visit Merrion Road, while avoiding the playoff position will focus the minds of the combatants when Coolmine welcome Cill Dara to Ashbrook.

The remainder of the league featured a full programme last Sunday. Tullow continued their winning ways when they made the short trip to near neighbours County Carlow and scored six tries in a 41-15 win, extending their Division 1B lead over second-placed Monkstown to seven points. They welcome the Dublin 4 club to Black Gates on Sunday for a top-of-the-table clash.

The Slaneysiders have won all their six games to date, in sharp contrast to their vanquished local rivals, who are pointless and face a must-win game this weekend in Ashbourne against the team immediately above them in seventh.

Monkstown got over the line at home to third-placed Wicklow, securing a 13-12 victory, and will be hoping for something similar when they travel to the south east.

Portarlington continued their good form by making it three wins out of their last four at home to luckless Longford, out-half Kieran Hyland converting a last-gasp try with the final kick of the game to eke out a dramatic 22-20 win.

In the remaining Division 1B tie, Clondalkin won 19-13 at home against Ashbourne. On Sunday, Clondalkin travel to Longford while Portarlington go to Wicklow.

In Division 2A, Kilkenny continue to lead the way after last week's 20-17 home win over Roscrea, while second-placed Malahide cut their lead to four points after winning 36-9 in Clane. Third-placed Gorey also edged a point closer after beating bottom side New Ross 48-12 at home, while Mullingar won 20-6 against their visitors Portlaoise.

It's second versus third on Sunday as Malahide entertain Gorey, while leaders Kilkenny will be expected to gain maximum points in New Ross.

Elsewhere, Portlaoise host Clane in a battle to escape the relegation playoff position; Roscrea against Mullingar has been postponed.


Division 2B pacesetters Railway Union ground out a 20-17 win over Guinness, while Edenderry moved into second place with a bonus-point 24-11 victory in Arklow.

North Kildare won their local derby in Athy 27-10 and will hope to benefit from the leaders' inactivity this Sunday when they host Arklow.

Edenderry will welcome Guinness to Carbury, and Athy will want to bounce back at bottom side Swords.

Wexford Wanderers have looked the team to beat in Division 3 in this campaign, and scored another bonus-point win, conquering North Meath 49-7 at home.

Second-placed Birr also achieved a maximum haul when they won 42-9 in Tallaght, while Midland Warriors won 26-22 away to West Offaly Lions.

Wexford Wanderers should extend their lead at home to the Lions on Sunday while, in the remaining games, North Meath host Tallaght and Rathdrum tackle the Midland Warriors.