Friday 20 April 2018

Brett's Buccs aim for first win

Cian Romaine scored a try in Buccaneers' 35-13 defeat to Ballynahinch last weekend
Cian Romaine scored a try in Buccaneers' 35-13 defeat to Ballynahinch last weekend

Daragh Small

Buccaneers will hope to register their first win of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B campaign when they host Shannon at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

Despite tries from Connacht academy second-row Cian Romaine and Ireland Sevens international Shane Layden, Brett Wilkinson's side succumbed last weekend to a 35-13 defeat to Ballynahinch - a Ballynahinch side that also hammered Buccaneers in the crucial Division 1B play-offs last season.

And now the Athlone-based side will look to bounce back on home turf tomorrow afternoon against the Limerick heavy hitters.

Shannon lost 25-19 at home to Ballymena in the first round but with the likes of Munster underage star Stephen Fitzgerald in their ranks, Shannon should be a difficult proposition for every team this season. Galwegians also lost on their first outing, when Naas beat them 18-13 at Forenaughts. But they will hope for better luck in Round 2 when UCC visit Crowley Park tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm).

Newly-promoted UCC fell to a 23-20 home loss against Old Wesley last weekend.

And they should be an easier proposition for Galwegians on their return to the second tier.

In Division 2A, Corinthians lost 20-13 away to Blackrock College in Stradbrook in their opening game of the new campaign. But despite that defeat they will have plenty of confidence ahead of their clash with Belfast Harlequins in Corinthian Park.

In 2C, Sligo, who struggled for much of last season, began this campaign with a 26-22 home loss against Naas in Hamilton Park. This weekend they make the difficult journey to face Tullamore in Spollanstown.

Irish Independent

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