Thursday 18 January 2018

Lansdowne keep marching on

Division Two

Lansdowne's incessant march towards promotion continues as they take the midway turn a full 14 points clear of the pack after they took the spoils at Belfield, beating Dublin rivals UCD 33-22.

DLSP remain in second despite their 21-8 home defeat to Bective, who are up to third on 23 points.

Behind them on points difference lie Old Wesley, who lost 36-11 to Belfast Harlequins, and Bruff, who drew 6-6 with Thomond in a low-scoring encounter.

Basement boys Greystones' hopes of survival were boosted with a with a 12-6 win over Clonakilty, while Malone beat Corinthians 21-10.

Division Three

Midleton lead the way after a comprehensive 37-8 dismissal of Wanderers in Dublin, but Queens kept pace with a 35-22 win over Instonians and have a game in hand on the leaders.

Third-placed Nenagh Ormond beat Naas comfortably, Banbridge edged out Sunday's Well and Barnhall saw off Portadown .

Carlow's 25-3 defeat at Ards means they remain bottom with a solitary point from seven games.

Star Turn

Michael Keating (Clontarf)

Bernard Jackman's 'Tarf weren't at their best in Castle Avenue, but their livewire winger was in sharp form and scored two tries that helped lift his side up to fifth.

One to Watch

Conor Murray (Garryowen)

The Munster Academy scrum-half is only 20, but he was impressive form as Garryowen knocked St Mary's off their perch. A combative battler with a strong pass, Murray also displayed his kicking talents with three penalties and a conversion.

2 Points missed out on by Lansdowne so far this season, the Dubliners have collected 38 from a possible 40.

Irish Independent

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