Saturday 21 April 2018

Final berth at stake as Con and Cookies cross swords for final berth

Simon Zebo celebrates his try against Connacht
Simon Zebo celebrates his try against Connacht

Daragh Small

Cork Con have crucial home advantage for their massive provincial derby in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-off semi-final against Young Munster tomorrow.

It was a fantastic season for all of the Munster sides involved in the top tier, with only Garryowen missing out on a place in the final four - they finished fifth.

After last weekend's last-gasp 26-16 bonus point victory at home to Galwegians, Cork Con will host their rivals from Limerick as they look for their first title since 2010.

Centre Niall Kenneally was the hero with his intercept try at the death against Galwegians and that could give Con the edge tomorrow, although they lost 18-17 at home to Young Munster in January.

The Cookies finished third even though they won two more games than Con during the regular season. Last weekend's 22-3 win at home to reigning champions Lansdowne was another positive display, but their failure to pick up a bonus point proved costly.

It's also a huge weekend for UCC and Cashel. The students travel to take on Banbridge, while Cashel are on the road against Blackrock. The victors will play off for Division 1B status next term.

Sunday's Well and Greystones clash at Irish Independent Park with the winners taking their place in 2A next season.

Irish Independent

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