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No bonus point for Lansdowne

THE only shock at the RDS came with the news that Lansdowne had failed to secure maximum points for only the third time this season.

Fourteen points clear after their 17-12 win over Trinity, the Dubliners are running away with the league and all eyes are now on the race to join them in Division 1B next season.

A 14-12 win over Terenure sees DLSP lead the way on 28 points.

Bective are a point behind in third on scoring difference after their 19-0 win over Thomond yesterday, while behind them on the same points mark are Old Wesley, who beat Clonakilty 22-15 and Bruff, who beat Greystones 18-3. Belfast Harlequins are two points further adrift after they beat UCD 18-6 in Belfast.

Division Three

RORY BEST made a welcome return to rugby with Banbridge and the Ireland hooker helped his clubmates to a 17-5 win over Barnhall that puts them fourth.

Midleton's 100pc record continued with a 12-6 victory over Sunday's Well, while Queens kept the pace up with an 18-3 home win over Nenagh.

Carlow finally got their first win of the season, shocking third placed Instonians.

Star Turn

Richie Leydon (Old Belvedere)

Old Belvedere's play-off push suffered a setback with defeat last weekend, but Leydon's two tries helped the Dubliners bounce back with a bonus-point win in Ballymena and go back top.

One to Watch

Cormac O'Flynn (Dolphin)

Dolphin stalwart Barry Keeshan's absence on Saturday allowed Ireland U-20 squad member O'Flynn an opportunity at out-half against St Mary's. Seven successful penalties later, the Dubliners were heading home pointless and Musgrave Park had witnessed a rising star.

12 Tries the prolific David Mongan has scored in nine games for Old Belvedere as he lights up Division 1B.

Compiled by Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent