Relegation woe for Garryowen
GARRYOWEN'S relegation from Division 1A was confirmed when they were beaten 40-26 by St Mary's College at Templeville Road.
They put up a good performance in the first half, scoring three tries to lead 19-12, but St Mary's upped the pace after the interval. The home side crossed for six tries in all, two of them coming from Marcus O'Driscoll.
Unfortunately for Garryowen, the team immediately in front of them Ballynahinch have pulled well clear with a series of bonus-point victories. The latest of them came at Ballymacarn Park, where they got the better of UCD 29-14.
More than likely, Ballynahinch will find themselves involved in a promotion-relegation match against the Division 1B runners-up Buccaneers. They still have a slim chance of avoiding that, trailing Dolphin by four points and Young Munster by five, but they face a tough final fixture away to Clontarf next Saturday.
Young Munster had to be satisfied with a bonus point after losing 24-23 at home to Cork Constitution.
Terenure College, having already gained promotion, now look likely to go through their Division 1B campaign with a 100pc record after demolishing Dungannon 44-10 at Stevenson Park.
Buccaneers made certain of second spot with a 24-23 home win over UL Bohemians.
Elsewhere, Corinthians saw their promotion ambitions end when they lost 21-13 at home to Belfast Harlequins. The Ulster club's victory means that either Blackrock College or Malone will go down along with Dungannon. Blackrock are the more likely to be relegated after losing 26-12 to Dublin University at Stradbrook. Malone pulled four points clear of them by trouncing Shannon 27-7 at Thomond Park.
Galwegians and Ballymena have been promoted from Division 2A with Nenagh Ormond and Skerries gaining automatic promotion from Division 2B.
Wanderers will also return to Division 2B, after winning the All-Ireland round-robin qualifying series.