Monday 12 November 2018

Buccaneers facing the drop

It’s been a poor campaign so far with 14 defeats from 16 games –
their two wins came against UCD on November 25 and St Mary’s
College on December 2. Stock photo: Sportsfile
It’s been a poor campaign so far with 14 defeats from 16 games – their two wins came against UCD on November 25 and St Mary’s College on December 2. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Buccaneers' last home game of the Ulster Bank League Division 1A season is a crucial clash with Garryowen at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

It could be the last time Buccs play Division 1A rugby in Athlone for some time, unless they pull off a remarkable escape act.

They need to secure victories in both of the remaining rounds and hope results elsewhere go their way to stand a chance of survival.

It's been a poor campaign so far with 14 defeats from 16 games - their two wins came against UCD on November 25 and St Mary's College on December 2.

Those wins came back to back and now Buccaneers are desperate to replicate that form, after an impressive but narrow 24-22 defeat at Young Munster last time out.

Buccaneers are seven points adrift of ninth-placed St Mary's College and are in real danger of making the drop.

But if the Connacht club win tomorrow, it could come down to their final day trip to runaway leaders Lansdowne.

Galwegians can move clear of Corinthians at the bottom of the Division 2A standings if they go to City of Armagh and win tomorrow.

The Glenina outfit are ninth and one point ahead of the league's basement side before they make the tough trip to face an in-form team.

Corinthians must win at home against Greystones at Corinthian Park to give themselves the best possible chance of staying up, as they head into the penultimate round of matches.

In Division 2C, Sligo are on the brink of promotion before they go to Estuary Road to Malahide.

And Sligo play leaders Thomond at Hamilton Park in the final round, where that looks like being the key game for both sides.

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