Thursday 14 December 2017

Buccs are beginning to believe

Brett Wilkinson's men have been irresistible at times this season, with 11 wins from their 13 games, including eight bonus points (Stock image)
Brett Wilkinson's men have been irresistible at times this season, with 11 wins from their 13 games, including eight bonus points (Stock image)

Daragh Small

Rugby eyes will be trained on Athlone tomorrow to see if Buccaneers can take another massive step towards promotion from the Ulster Bank League Division 1B when they host Dolphin at Dubarry Park.

The league leaders are a huge 16 points clear of both Naas and UL Bohemians who are second and third in the table respectively, with just five games of the normal season remaining.

Brett Wilkinson's men have been irresistible at times this season, and with 11 wins from their 13 games, including eight bonus points, they have streaked clear since Christmas. Expect them to win again against the lowly Cork club.

But at the opposite end of the table, Galwegians have a different battle on their hands as they look to stave off relegation, ahead of their game against Old Wesley at Crowley Park on Saturday.

Galwegians have been close to pulling off a number of victories in recent weeks, but instead those defeats have left them just five points off Dolphin at the bottom of the table - Shannon are two points clear in eighth.

In Division 2A, Corinthians have also slipped up in recent matches and they are ninth going into their clash with Queen's University at Corinthian Park tomorrow.

Earlier in 2016-'17 Corinthians were in mid-table and pushing for promotion, but a string of bad results have left them perilously close to the drop.

In the bottom tier, third-placed Sligo have been in fantastic form and they have a huge game this weekend away to Rainey at Hatrick Park. Rainey are level on points with Sligo, and victory for the Connacht side could put them ahead of Navan RFC at the top of the standings.

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