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MATCH OF THE DAY
Old Belvedere v Cork Constitution,
Anglesea Road, 3.30
Two teams who won their opening games meet on the Anglesea Road turf at a kick-off time that has been revised to accommodate those wishing to attend Leinster's clash with Racing Metro around the corner.
Champions Con return to Dublin having seen off Blackrock at Stradbrook last weekend and if they can make it two from two from a difficult opening set of fixtures, they will be very happy.
Belvo beat last year's finalists St Mary's at Templeville Road last time out and look set up for a run at the play-offs. A similarly difficult opening set of games will test their credentials but, having run Con close in the AIB Cup two years ago at the same venue, they will have little to fear.
They have a strong pack anchored around Stewart Maguire, while their back row is impressive and New Zealander Leo Auva'a did some damage last weekend. They have pace and nous in their backline and Con will have to be at their best.
But with Munster at full strength, so too are the Leesiders. Stephen Archer, Tom Gleeson, Duncan Williams, Brian Hayes, Billy Holland (above), Peter O'Mahony and Simon Zebo are all among the top players in their positions in this league and they will take some stopping. Belvo will do well to leave with a bonus.
Verdict: Away win.
DOWN MEMORY LANE
October 1, 1994
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The Sky cameras and 2,500 people rolled into Stradbrook to watch two men more famous for their achievements in other fields inspire Blackrock to an important win.
Meath footballer David Beggy and now international referee Alain Rolland (above) provided the cutting edge for a 'Rock team, coached by Eddie O'Sullivan, who raised their game for the visit of the infamous Cookies pack.
Both men scored tries, while Munster were left to rue some poor indiscipline that allowed Alan McGowan punish them and prevent them finding a way back into the game.
Blackrock -- D Beggy; N Assaf, B Mullin, D Connolly, N Woods; A McGowan, A Rolland; P Flavin, S Byrne, P Wallace; M O'Neill, J Etheridge; D Casey, D Oswald (capt), P Rogers.
Young Munster -- M Benson; P McMahon, J McNamara, M Lynch, I Duggan; A O'Halloran, D Tobin; J Fitzgerald, M Fitzgerald (capt), P Clohessy; B Meehan, R Ryan; M O'Halloran, D Edwards, G Earls.
Ref -- B Sterling (Ulster).
AIB LEAGUE DUALS
Players who have lined out for both clubs in today's games:
Old Belvedere v Cork Constitution
Bective v Old Wesley
Frank McNamara (right)
Lansdowne v UCC
AIB LEAGUE FIXTURES
(2.30 unless stated)
Dolphin v Blackrock, Musgrave Park; Young Munster v St Mary's, Tom Clifford Park; Old Belvedere v Cork Constitution, Anglesea Road (3.30).
Bruff v Buccaneers, Kilballyowen Park; Dungannon v UL Bohemian, Stevenson Park; Galwegians v Clontarf, Crowley Park; Lansdowne v UCC, Aviva Stadium (3.15).
Ballymena v Old Crescent, Eaton Park; Ballynahinch v Terenure, Ballymacarn Park; Bective v Old Wesley, Donnybrook; Clonakilty v Corinthians, The Vale; DLSP v Belfast Harlequins, Kirwan Park; Malone v Dublin University, Gibson Park; QUB v UCD, Dub Lane; Thomond v Midleton, Liam Fitzgerald Park.
Banbridge v Connemara, Rifle Park; City of Derry v Suttonians, Judge's Road; Greystones v NUIM Barnhall, Dr Hickey Park; Highfield v Ards, Woodleigh Park; Instonians v Nenagh Ormond, Shaw's Bridge; Naas v Rainey OB, Forenoughts; Navan v Sunday's Well, Balreask Old; Seapoint v Wanderers, Churchview Road Killiney (5.0).