Sunday 22 April 2018

'Wegians aim to boost survival bid

Buccaneers are away to Shannon at Thomond Park tomorrow, and with a 16-point lead over second-placed UL Bohemians, and just two games remaining, they cannot be caught at the summit Photo: Getty Images
Buccaneers are away to Shannon at Thomond Park tomorrow, and with a 16-point lead over second-placed UL Bohemians, and just two games remaining, they cannot be caught at the summit Photo: Getty Images

Daragh Small

Galwegians will be looking to keep their Ulster Bank League Division 1B survival hopes alive this weekend when they clash with UCC at the Mardyke.

With just two rounds of fixtures remaining, 'Wegians need a win at the Cork venue to give them some cushion ahead of their final game at home to Naas.

It has been a turbulent campaign for the Galway club, with 12 defeats from their 16 games, back in the second tier of Irish club rugby.

Galwegians were promoted to Division 1A in 2014-15 when they finished two points ahead of Garryowen at the top of the standings in 1B.

But last year they were overwhelmed in the top division and with just five wins from their 18 games they were relegated.

They were expected to push for promotion back to 1A in 2016-17, but they must watch on as Connacht rivals Buccaneers are crowned 1B champions instead.

Buccaneers are away to Shannon at Thomond Park tomorrow, and with a 16-point lead over second-placed UL Bohemians, and just two games remaining, they cannot be caught at the summit.

Corinthians are still in relegation trouble in Division 2A before they make the long journey to face basement side Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park this weekend.

And Sligo are looking to get the better of Tullamore at Hamilton Park as they look to avoid the tricky promotion play-off, and win the Division 2C title.

Sligo have been a revelation in recent months, and they are second in the standings with two games remaining. They have won 12 of their 16 games and with eight bonus points along the way, they are just three points behind leaders Navan RFC.

Irish Independent

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