Friday 13 December 2019

Galwegians surge clear in Division 1B

Daragh Small

Galwegians went into the break in the Ulster Bank League with a seven-point lead over Ballymena at the top of Divison 1B.

'Wegians racked up the tries as they notched a bonus point in their 31-19 victory over Belfast Harlequins at Crowley Park in the last round.

A win over third-placed Garryowen away in Limerick next weekend would put real pressure on the chasing pack as Ballymena face a tough task against Buccaneers at Dubarry Park.

The Glenina-based outfit have played the most attractive rugby in 1B after winning 2A at a canter last season.

They have secured six try bonus points in the process and their squad is brimming with talent; Ciaran Gaffney, Jerome Harimate and Conor Lowndes have all added to their reputations as stars of the future with some very impressive displays which have propelled Galwegians to the top and put them in a very strong position for promotion.

Meanwhile, Buccaneers drop to fifth despite an impressive 21-16 win against UL Bohemians at Thomond Park last time out.

Dublin University replace them in the top four as they accounted for Corinthians on a 31-13 scoreline in the capital.

Pat Cunningham's team have lacked consistency in the open rounds of this year's campaign and fell to seventh in the standings after their fifth loss.

They host UL Bohs in the next round and will be anxious to get back to winning ways after a poor series of results in recent weeks.

There is still everything to play for in the Ulster Bank League but all sides will be hoping to chalk up the points heading into a crucial part of the campaign.

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