Sunday 17 November 2019

Students are top of the class after three games

Reigning champions Cork Con have to make do with third place in the standings. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Reigning champions Cork Con have to make do with third place in the standings. Stock photo: Sportsfile

UCC have won all three of their Energia All-Ireland Division 1A fixtures and sit top of the standings during the break.

It has been a fabulous start to the season for the Cork university who have beaten Trinity College, Ballynahinch and Young Munster already in 2019-20. Last Saturday's 20-14 win away to rivals, Young Munster, was the highlight so far.

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Reigning champions Cork Con have to make do with third place in the standings. They are just one point behind UCC following a few narrow wins against Garryowen, Clontarf and Lansdowne.

Last weekend Cork Con were 14-3 ahead at half-time and in charge against Lansdowne at home in Temple Hill. Tries from Brian Hayes, Jack Costigan and Tomas Quinlan were important as they held on for a 21-17 success.

Garryowen have had a poor start to 2019-20 and they lost out 37-19 in Round 3. Young Munster's third straight defeat means they are second from bottom.

Unprecedented

Highfield already look well placed to mount an unprecedented bid for promotion to Division 1A one season after they were promoted from Division 2A.

Highfield are three from three having got the better of Malone, Banbridge and Naas. Last weekend they won 38-20 against Naas.

Shannon are also right in contention at this early stage. They lost out to Old Belvedere in Round 1 but have since bounced back with victories over Malone and Navan.

Cashel are fourth in Division 2A following wins against Dolphin and Old Crescent. That 34-22 victory over Old Crescent means two points and one place separate those two teams.

Nenagh Ormond are another two points back in sixth while UL Bohemians are ninth and Dolphin are bottom of the 2A table.

Midleton are just one point off the top in Division 2C standings. They came out on the wrong side of a 22-3 hammering at Enniscorthy in Round 1 but have won both of their games since then.

Midleton beat Bangor and Bruff, with last weekend's 23-10 win at home in Towns Park putting them second.

Bruff are third, Clonmel are back in fifth with Sunday's Well in tenth.

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