Round 18 in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League was much more encouraging weekend for the Ulster teams after disappointing performances in Round 17. Seven of the twelve Ulster teams won with five losing. In Div 1B Ballynahinch lost 16 – 13 at home to Eddie O’Sullivan’s Old Belvedere team with Banbridge holding on for a narrow 32 – 30 win over UL Bohemians at Rifle Park. The results meant Shannon won the league after defeating UCC to secure the automatic promotion place into Div 1A next season. By virtue of their win Banbridge moved into second place and have home advantage against near neighbours Ballynahinch in the playoff semi final this week at Rifle Park. Ballymena made it three wins from three to finish in 7th place five points ahead of 9th place UL Bohemians. In Div 2A Malone required a late points surge to defeat Nenagh Ormond 43 -19 at Gibson Park to lift the Div 2A title in front of their home supporters. Against the odds City of Armagh travelled to Dr Hickey Park and defeated Greystones 24 – 14 to secure a bonus point win that lifted them ahead of 4th place Nenagh to finish in 3rd place. They will now travel to Cork this week to face 2nd place Highfield. Queens University made it two wins from two scoring six tries in their 38 – 28 win over 10th place Galway Corinthians at the Dub. In Div 2B only Belfast Harlequins won as they made it three wins from three as they prepare for a semi final playoff match at Deramore Park this week with Malahide after winning 20 – 15 at Navan RFC. Second place Rainey travelled to league winners Old Crescent before going down 28 – 8. It was their third defeat in their last four UBL games with the team taking on third place MU Barnhall in the playoff semi final at Hatrick Park on Saturday. It was a seventh defeat in a row for Head coach Andy Hughes and his Dungannon players after they went down 32 – 17 away to Skerries to finish in 8th place. City of Derry completed their league programme with a 39 – 20 defeat at the Craig Thompson Stadium after leading their opponents Wanderers 20 – 15 at halftime. In Div 2C the story is all about Omagh after their return to the All Ireland league this season. Their 19 – 14 win over Bruff pushed them up into second place. The result gives them home advantage in the playoff semi final against Limerick visitors Thomond this week. Bangor knew they were safe before travelling to Tullamore in County Offaly. Once again as last season Bangor struggled in the second half of the season and survived by a mere point after suffering a heavy 42 – 12 defeat at the weekend.
In summarising last weekend we have many positives to take from the performances of the Ulster teams. Malone certainly set the standard having to win 16/18 games to stay ahead of Highfield to win the Div 2A title where they will return to Div 1B after a three year absence. It was the Malone bench who played a big part in their win with backs coach Josh Pentland making an impact in the final quarter. You could see what the win meant to Ulster rugby players Matthew Dalton, Joe Dunleavy and Jack Owens as they celebrated with their families and the Malone supporters at Gibson Park. Six of the Ulster teams have extended their season by their involvement in the upcoming play offs. We have the fourth meeting of Banbridge and Ballynahinch this season with the next instalment taking place at Rifle Park with so much at stake for both teams. Banbridge have won the two UBL games with Ballynahinch with Ballynahinch winning the Ulster premiership game between the two teams. Whoever wins will potentially play formidable Dublin side St Mary’s if they overcome the students from Cork UCC. Who would have ever said Banbridge would be challenging for promotion in successive seasons after winning the Div 2A title last season. Ballymena Head coach Andy Graham was delighted with the attitude and commitment shown by his players to defeat Old Wesley 22 – 21 at Eaton Park. The coach had to deal with the unavailability of David Shanahan and Brett Herron at half back with Michael Stronge and Callum Patterson teaming up in their place. With no available backs it was a case of naming five forward replacements on the bench. Once again Dominic Gallagher had to fill in on the wing after centre Alan Smyth picked up an injury with James Beattie moving in from the wing and Dominic replacing him. Once again it was the bench replacements who had a big impact on the result with Josh Bill, James Taggart, Conor Smyth and Stephen Mulholland joining the action in the second half. City of Armagh will take confidence from their win at Greystones as they look to join Banbridge, Ballynahinch, Ballymena and Malone in playing Section 1 rugby. What a boost for club rugby in Ulster if they can make it five teams in Section 1.
Queens University started strongly this season and then went on a nine match losing run before they secured their future in Div 2A with back to back wins. Lack of strength in depth was an issue with the coaching team of Derek Suffern and DJ Creighton having much work to do to move the team forward next season. Can Rainey OB make it back to back promotions. They have a tough semi final at home to MU Barnhall before contemplating a final possibly away to Greystones to make it into Div 2A. The loss of back rower Paul Pritchard and their South African hooker Brad Roberts to injury has certainly impacted on the team. Big challenge lies ahead for Head coach john Andrew’s and his players. Belfast Harlequins Head coach Nicky Wells will be pleased by the response of his players in winning their last three games. Play offs are all about momentum and despite the loss of their influential back Mattie McKenzie who is returning to NZ the coach will be hoping his players can overcome Malahide who like Omagh were only promoted to the All Ireland League this season. Out in the West of the province Omagh have been flying the flag for the Ulster UBL teams. What an achievement it would be if they can secure a place in Div 2B next season. Potentially if both Quins and Omagh win this weekend the two teams will meet in the playoff final at Deramore Park on Saturday week the 28th April.
There is the small matter of the Round Robin Play offs with the second round games this weekend. For the winner there is a place in the All Ireland league next season. For the runners up there will be a playoff match against 9th place Bruff in Limerick on the 5th May. Ulster representatives Instonians will be disappointed they only came away with a 24 – 24 draw at Leinster league winners Ashbourne. They led 24 -14 only to concede two late tries after Lewis McNamara received a yellow card. Big winners in the opening round were Connacht league winners Ballina who picked up the maximum five points at home to Munster side Bandon. Instonians and Ballina meet at Shaws bridge on Saturday with Instonians needing to pick up five points before they travel to play Bandon away on the 28th April. These two teams have already met this season in the All Ireland Junior Cup at Hefferan Park in Ballina with the home side winning a tight game 6 – 3. Ashbourne will be favourites to pick up maximum points in their game away to Bandon.
In Ulster several Kukri Ulster Championship teams will be hoping that Instonians secure their place in the All Ireland League next season. The result would see Dromore who finished 5th in Div 1 take their place in the AIL Junior Cup. We had the first of the Ulster Rugby Championship play offs last Saturday at Chambers Park with Portadown retaining their place in Div 1 after defeating Randalstown 36 – 20. The home side were able to field their strongest team this season and ran in six tries after leading 17 – 13 at halftime. Promotion for Instonians would see Randalstown replace them in Div 1. We have the Div 2/3 playoff this weekend at the Sam Logan stadium home of the Ulster University Coleraine rugby team between UUC and Donaghadee. UUC will be looking to make sure of their place in Div 2 with a win without relying on Instonians. As I said potentially interesting couple of weeks coming up for Dromore, Randalstown or either UUC or Donaghadee.
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
League Champions Grosvenor will be looking to maintain their unbeaten league record this season when they entertain 7th place Larne at Gibson Park on Saturday in their final league game. Larne Head coach Graham Cloke will be looking his players to end their four match losing run as the team has slipped into the bottom half of the league table. Ards coach John West was delighted to see his Ards team finish in 3rd place in the league. He felt it was just reward for the effort the playing squad put in this season. He was especially pleased for Captain Andy Foster who led by example on and off the pitch. He grew into the captaincy as the season progressed. Lisburn secured their place in Div 2 winning three and drawing one of their last four league games to finish comfortably in 8th place. The addition of Nathan Moore to the coaching staff at Xmas played a major role in the turnaround of the team in the second half of the season. Director of Rugby Michael Knowles is pleased that Lisburn rugby club have retained the services of Andy Posthlewaite and Nathan Moore for next season. The goal for the club is to strengthen their playing squad in the off season.
We will have noticed that in the West of the province there will be changes to coaching staff at several clubs. Enniskillen are currently seeking a new Head coach for next season to replace Willy Gibson who has stood down. Clogher Valley are also seeking a new Head coach after Hemi Taukiri stood down. Forwards coach Davy Black is also stepping down after 12 years coaching at the club. Strabane Head coach Paul O’Kane has taken over as Director of Rugby at City of Derry rugby club. Current backs coach Richard McCarter will remain part of his team. Limavady Head coach Mark Nicholl has stood down and will be replaced by former Boyne Head coach Graham Eastwood with Rainey 1st player Jodie McMurray joining the coaching team. With the departure of Richard Boyd from Coleraine the North coast club are also seeking a new Head coach for next season.
Is it important for clubs to have in place a Director of Rugby who oversees all aspects of the playing side at a club from the Minis/Youth through to the Adult teams. The appointment and development and training of coaches is also crucial to sustaining all levels of rugby within a club. This appointee also has an important role in developing and building relationships with local schools. Talking to Jeremy Ogle at Dromore his role as the clubs Director of Rugby has had a big impact at the club this season. He is confident the work being done at the club will produce competitive teams at all levels to sustain the clubs future. I have noticed how club sides from Coleraine, Carrickfergus and CIYMS have struggled to perform in the Ulster Provincial leagues this season. Why has this happened. Is there too much focus on the 1st xv in a club to the exclusion of the other club teams. How do clubs build strength in depth if their lower teams are not competitive. Is this where the role of a Director of Rugby comes in to make sure there are coaches and Managers to look after these teams during the season. Is it simply a lack of players in the club.
Hopefully clubs will support the development of under 19 and under 20 teams in the coming season. If we are to retain players we have to make sure we have the structures in place. There is also the requirement for clubs to have S & C coaches in place to provide programmes to make sure players are physically fit for the demands of playing club rugby. Have spoken to coaches who have said to me this is an area clubs need to do more work on to help reduce the level of injuries in the sport.
Not surprisingly I have had several players saying to me that the season needs to be reduced along with the number of games players are expected to play. Readers of this preview will be aware that it is a subject I am constantly drawing attention to. From one side Administrators tell me this is what the clubs want. Unless the clubs seek a change to the fixture scheduling the status quo will remain as it is. The only question I will pose who is concerned about player welfare and player management in the domestic game. The number of fixtures we play in Ulster exceeds the schedules provided for players in Leinster, Munster and Connacht.
One thing this season has high lighted is the shortage of quality playing surfaces in Ulster to play rugby. Every season we end up with a backlog of fixtures to cram in due to the inclement weather. Domestic rugby has been the poor relation in Ulster when it comes to developing club facilities and playing surfaces compared to GAA and Soccer. Who is speaking up for or representing the clubs to secure funding. It is action not words we need to hear from the administrators at Ulster Rugby and the Ulster Branch.
I make no secret of my support for the Domestic game this weekend with several very appetising games involving Ulster teams in the UBL playoffs. Spread the word and ensure you and your friends come along and support your local community rugby clubs this weekend. We have the County Down derby involving Banbridge and Ballynahinch at Rifle Park. Omagh and Thomond at the Thomas Mellon playing fields. Rainey OB v MU Barnhall at Hatrick Park in Magherafelt. There is the Kukri Ulster Rugby championship Div 2/3 playoff at the Sam Logan stadium in Coleraine involving UUC and Donaghadee. In Belfast we have Belfast Harlequins playing Malahide at Deramore Park, Instonians taking on Ballina at Shaws bridge and Grosvenor playing Larne at Gibson Park.
ULSTER BANK ALL IRELAND LEAGUE RESULTS SATURDAY 14.4.18
Ballymena 22 v Old Wesley 21
Team: 1. Nacho Clandero Crespo. 2. Adam McBurney, 3. Chris Cundell, 4. David Whann, 5. Mark Foster, 6. Clive Ross (Captain), 7. Matthew Agnew, 8. Azur Allison, 9. Michael Stronge, 10. Callum Patterson, 11. Dean Reynolds, 12. Alan Smyth, 13. Angus Kernohan, 14. James Beattie, 15. Rodger McBurney, 16. James Taggart, 17. Josh Bill, 18. Conor Smyth, 19. Dominic Gallagher, 20 Stephen Mulholland.
Points s corers: Matthew Agnew 2 x tries, Adam McBurney 1 x try, Callum Patterson 2 x cons and 1 x pen.
Ballynahinch 13 v Old Belvedere 16
Team: 1. Jerry Cronin, 2. Clayton Milligan, 3. Stuart Orr, 4. James Simpson, 5. John Donnan, 6. Jack Regan, 7. Josh Donaldson, 8. Conall Boomer. 9. Aaron Cairns, 10. Peter Nelson, 11. Richard Reaney, 12. Ryan Wilson, 13. Stuart Morrow, 14. Connor Phillips, 15. Conor Kelly, 16. Conor Piper, 17. Campbell Classon, 18. Zac Ward, 19. Callum McLaughlin, 20. Chris Gibson.
Points scorers: Zac Ward 1 x try and Richard Reaney 1 x con and 2 x pens.
Banbridge 32 UL Bohemians 30
Team 1. Eric O’Sullivan, 2. Peter Cromie, 3. Michael Cromie. 4. Chris Allen, 5. Stephen Irvine, 6. Caleb Montgomery, 7. Nick Hayes, 8. Greg Jones, 9. Jason Gribben, 10. Johnny Little, 11. John Porter, 12. James Hume, 13. Andrew Morrison, 14. Conor Field, 15. Adam Ervine (Captain), 16. Johnny Weir, 17. Stuart Cromie, 17. Stuart Cromie, 18. Mike Bentley, 19. Neil Kirkpatrick, 20. Ben Carson.
Points scorers: Andrew Morrison 2 x tries, Peter Cromie 2 x tries. James Hume 3 x cons and 2 x pens.
City of Armagh 24 v Greystones 14
Team: 1. Simon Carlisle, 2. Andrew Smyth, 3. Daryl Morton, 4. Josh McKinley, 5. Peter Starrett, 6. Robert Whitten, 7. Stuart Hooks, 8. Neil Faloon, 9. TC Campbell, 10. Cormac Fox, 11. Robbie Faloon, 12.Johnny Pollock, 13. Chris Colvin, 14. Andrew Willis, 15. Timmy Mcneice, 16. Jonny Morton, 17. Paul Mullan, 18. James Morton, 19. Harry Doyle, 20. Evan Crummie.
Points scorers: TC Campbell, Robbie Faloon, Andrew Willis and Neil faloon 1 x try each. Cormac Fox 2 x cons.
Malone 43 Nenagh Ormond 19
Team: 1. Lee Barlow, 2. Danny Kerr, 3. Ben Halliday, 4. James McAllister, 5. Matthew Dalton, 6. Joe Dunleavy, 7. Ross Todd (Captain), 8. Ryan Clarke, 9. Connor Spence, 10. Callum Smith, 11. Andy Bryans, 12. Nathan Brown, 13. Michael Cartmill, 14. Rory Campbell, 15. Jack Owens, 16. Dave Cave, 17. Ricky Greenwood, 18. Neil Alcorn, 19. Jack McMurtry, 20. Josh Pentland.
Points scorers: Connor Spence, Jack Owens, Ross Todd, Michael Cartmill, Nathan Brown and Josh Pentland 1 x try each. Rory Campbell 5 x cons and 1 x pen.
Queens University 38 Galway Corinthians 28
Team: 1. Anton Lupari. 2. Alexander Clarke, 3. Andrew Clingan, 4. Dave Whitten, 5. Ali Burke, 6. M Kernohan, 7. David Swann, 8. Gary Dillon, 9. Jonny Stewart, 10. Richie McMaster, 11. Fal El Valve, 12. Rory Bell, 13. Angus Curtis, 14. C Dundas, 15. Jonny Milliken, 16. John Creighton, 17. Chris Jennings, 18. J Carson, 19. Jordan Southway. 20. Nicky Woods.
Points scorers: Rory Bell, Alexander Clarke, Jonny Milliken, Fal El Valve, Ali burke and Jonny Stewart 1 x try each. Richie McMaster 3 x cons, Jonny Milleken 1 x con.
City of Derry 20 Wanderers 39
Team: 1. Ross Harkin, 2. David Ferguson (Captain), 3. Rodney Hill, 4. Adam Bratton, 5. Gerard Doherty, 6. Stephen Corr, 7. Jake McDevitt, 8. Isiah Morris, 9. Tiernan Thorton, 10. Alec McDonnell, 11. Conor Cummings, 12. David Graham, 13. Paddy Blennerhassett, 14. Jack Beattie, 15. Thomas Cole, 16. Cathal Cregan, 17. Barry Laverty, 18. Craig Huey, 19. Callum McDonnell, 20. Richard McCarter.
Points scorers: Thomas Cole, Paddy Blennerhassett and David Graham 1 x try each, Alec McDonnell 2 x cons and 1 x pen.
Belfast Harlequins 20 Navan RFC 15
Team: 1. Toby Mannus, 2. Rory Winters, 3. Mark McGrath, 4. Dan Bingham, 5. Callum Leckey (Captain), 6. Jonathan Siri, 7. Matthew Borne, 8. Thomas Gallagher, 9. David Devine, 10. Timmy Emmerson, 11. Peter Dunlop, 12. Paul Kerr, 13. Mark Gribben, 14. Christian Bennison, 15. Mattie McKenzie, 16. Steven Weir, 17. Paul Greenaway, 18. Michael McCrea, 19. Malcolm Corry, 20. Mark Glover.
Points scorers: Paul Kerr 2 x tries, Jonny Siri 1 x try. Mark Gribben 1 x con and 1 x pen.
Dungannon 17 Skerries 32
Team: 1. Glenn Sinnamon, 2. Malcolm Allister, 3. James Gamble 4.Stephen Todd, 5. Lewis McCrabbe, 6. Mark Riddell, 7. David Leyburn, 8. Peter Doran, 9. John Russell, 10. Chrish Swash, 11. Matthew Montgomery, 12. Jonah Mau’u, 13. Paul Armstrong. 14. J McIIwaine, 15. Conor McGeough, 16. Sean O’Hagan, 17. Ross McCaughey, 18. J McNeill, 19. Jack Reavy, 20. Andrew McGregor.
Points scorers: John Russell, J McIIwaine and Chris Swash 1 x try each. Chris Swash 1 x con.
Rainey OB 8 Old Crescent 28
Team: 1. Tommy O’Hagan, 2. Daniel O’Neill, 3. Kieran Donaghy, 4. John McCusker, 5. Ronan McCusker, 6. Andrew Browne, 7. Michael McCusker, 8. Josh McIIroy, 9. Jason Bloomfield, 10. Jodie McMurray, 11. Nicholas Sterling, 12. Andrew Donaghy, 13. Damien McMurray, 14. Robert lamberton, 15. Scott McLean, 16. Fintan Quinn, 17. Aidan McSwiggan, 18. Simon Crooks, 19. Michael Nevin, 20. Mark Mulholland.
Points scorers: Michael McCusker 1 x try, Scott McLean 1 x pen
Omagh 19 Bruff 14
Team: 1. Peter Todd, 2. Philip Ewing, 3. Richard Smyth, 4. Johnny Sproule, 5. Jamie Sproule, 6. James Catterson, 7. Adam Longwell, 8. Matthew Clyde, 9. Stewart McCain (Captain), 10. Scott Elliott, 11. Ryan Mitchell, 12. Luke Hanson, 13. Scott Barr, 14. Matty Eccles, 15. Stephen MacLaine, 16. Matthew Sproule, 17. Richard Hemphill, 18. Stewart Allen, 19. Yonga Taleni, 20. Eoin Murnaghan.
Points scorers: Adam Longwell and Ryan Mitchell 1 x try each. Scott Elliott 3 x pens.
Bangor 12 Tullamore 42
Team : 1. Andrew Shaw, 2. Conor McEvoy, 3. James Leary, 4. Dave Caughey, 5. Lewis Stevenson, 6. James Stewart, 7. Ethan Murray, 8. Jack Cooke, 9. Mark Widdowson, 10. Jason Morgan, 11. Desi Fusco, 12. Phil Broderick, 13. Chris Jordan, 14. Zach Kerr, 15. Nathan Graham, 16. Charlie Clegg, 17. Andrew Jackson, 18. Joe McLarnon, 19. Thomas Boyd, 20. Charlie Blair.
Points scorers: Phil Broderick and Desi Fusco 1 x try each. Mark Widdowson 1 x con.
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Dromore 19 Cooke 14
Dromore team: 1. Clark McCleod, 2. Stuart Sloan, 3. Mark Hylands, 4. Rory Pepper, 5. Ross Bingham, 6. Jonny Maguire, 7. Ben Heath, 8. B Russell, 9. Lee Steenson, 10. Dave Smith, 11. Aaron Stuart, 12. Graeme McCandless, 13. Jonny Cullen, 14. Andrew Rutledge, 15. Aaron Atkinson, 16. J Savage, 17. Aaron Steenson.
Points scorers: Aaron Atkinson, Andrew Rutledge and Jonny Cullen 1 x try each. Lee Steenson 1 x con.
Cooke points scorers: Matthew Crothers and Kyle Mitchell 1 x try each, Andrew Hanna 2 x cons
DIV 1/2 PLAYOFF
Portadown 36 Randalstown 20
Portadown team: 1. Matthew Davison, 2. Robbie Reid, 3. Matthew Wilson, 4. James Wright, 5. Danny Alexander, 6. Gary Hall, 7. Jordan Taylor, 8. Dairmuid O’Kane, 9.Brian Forrestal, 10. Michael Orr, 11. Craig Woods, 12. Jonny Holden, 13. Ollie Montels, 14. David Whitten, 15. Mark Adamson, 16. Willy Graham, 17. Mark Neilly.
Points scorers: Dairmuid O’Kane and Craig Woods 2 x tries each. David Whitten and Jordan Taylor 1 x try each. Mark Adamson 3 x cons.
Randalstown team: 1. Matthew McBrien, 2. Marty O’Neill, 3. David Millar, 4. Craig Barclay, 5. Scott McClenaghan, 6. Peter Knowles, 7. Ian Hume, 8. Dan Wilson, 9. Chris McGolderick, 10. Martin Connolly, 11. Chris Donnellly, 12. Jamie Orr, 13. Daniel McGlade, 14. Jordan Foster, 15. Michael Smith, 16. Chris Allen, 17. Peter McWhirter,
Points scorers: Jordan Foster and Marty O’Neill 1 x try each. Martin Connolly 2 x con and 2 x pens.
KUKRI ULSTERR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 2
UUC 15 Lisburn 19
Lisburn team: 1. Jamie Dickson (Captain), 2.Peter Graham, 3. Uate Caquea, 4. Andy Barron, 5. Matt Millar, 6. Kenny McCombe, 7. David Montgomery, 8. Matt Edgar, 9. Ryan Duddy, 10. Adam Heaps, 11. Chris Nimmons, 12. Jonny Creighton, 13. Epi Ratu, 14. Dylan Posthlewaite, 15. Craig Walsh, 16. Phil Jefferson, 17. Dinis Manso.
Points s corers: Dylan Posthlewaite, Kenny McCombe and Craig Walsh 1 x try each. Adam Heaps 2 x cons.
Academy 38 Larne 20
Ards 62 PSNI 0
Ards team: 1. Andrew Foster (Captain), 2. Tom Arthur Donnan, 3. Matty Kane, 4. John Dowey, 5. Peter Croan, 6. Josh McFarland, 7. Onisi Burekama, 8. Graeme Taylor, 9. Alex Hendrickse, 10. Stuart Paul. 11. Matty Neill, 12. Scott Young, 13. Trevor Devlin, 14. Paul Cox, 15. Mark Banford., 16. Paddy Bond, 17. Ryan Thompson.
Points s corers; Paul Cox 3 x tries, Graeme Taylor and Matty Neill 2 x tries each, Tevor Devlin, Andrew Foster and Alex Hendrickse 1 x try each. Paul Cox 6 x cons. ( Personal total 27 points)
ULSTER BANK ALL IRELAND LEAGUE PLAY OFFS
DIV 1A: Played Saturday 28.4.18
Lansdowne (1) v Garryowen (4)
Terenure College (2) v Cork Constitution (3)
St Mary’s College (9th Div 1A) v UCC (4th Div 1B)
Banbridge (2nd Div 1B) v Ballynahinch (3rd Div 1B)
UL Bohemians (9th Div 1B) v Nenagh Ormond (4th Div 2A)
Highfield (2nd Div 2A) v City of Armagh (3rd Div 2A)
Greystones (9th Div 2A) v Navan RFC (4th Div 2B)
Rainey OB (2nd Div 2B) v MU Barnhall (3rd Div 2B)
Belfast Harlequins (9th Div 2B) v Malahide (4th Div 2C)
Omagh (2nd Div Div 2B) v Thomond (3rd Div 2C)
ROUND ROBIN PLAYOFFS: ROUND 2
Bandon (Munster) v Ashbourne RFC (Leinster)
Instonians (Ulster) v Ballina (Connacht)
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMP/CONF DIV 1
Ballyclare v City of Armagh seconds. Played Thursday 19.4.18. KO 7.45PM.
ULSTER RUGBY PREMIERSHIP 2ND XV LEAGUE
Malone seconds v Omagh seconds. Played Tuesday 24.4.18. KO 7.45PM
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Grosvenor v Larne
Head coach Robert Ford and his players will be looking to end their season with 18/18 wins when they meet Larne at Gibson Park on Saturday. Apart from the long term absentees the coach will be without Peter Davison, Adam Skelton and Mark Johnston. Stuart McIIwaine will return to the backline with Taylor Pollock getting another start in the back row.
ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 2 & 3 PLAYOFFS
UUC v Donaghadee
ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 3
BHSFP V Letterkenny
Virginia v Monaghan
Enjoy your rugby this week. The Domestic game needs your support.
Updated 04:18 - 19 Apr 2018 by Stephen Barbour