ENERGIA MEN’S ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE – DIVISION 1A:
ROUND 4: saturday 30 october
Kick-off at 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated –
BALLYNAHINCH (8th) against GARRYOWEN (1st), Ballymacarn Park
Form of the season Energia All-Ireland League: Ballynahinch: I’M GOING; Garryowen: WWW
Top scorers in the Energia All-Ireland League – Ballynahinch: Points: Greg Hutley 18; Tests: Chris Gibson, Greg Hutley 1 each; Garryowen: Points: Tony Butler 28; Tests: Bryan Fitzgerald 3
Overview: With a record of three losses to three wins, Ballynahinch will find it difficult to beat undefeated league leader Garryowen unless the Light Blues’ efforts catch up with them.
While the rest of the elite rested last week, Mike Sherry’s the men edged out Cashel in a spectacular semi-final of the Munster Senior Cup. “Ballynahinch has had a pretty uneven start, but they’re going to be licking their lips while they wait to welcome us up there,” Sherry said.
Only two tries so far and overreliance on the goalkeeper Greg Hutley (18 points) tells his own story for ‘Hinch. You have a feeling that a big performance is coming, but it can happen in the next two rounds against the last two.
Recent League Meetings – Saturday April 16, 2016: Ballynahinch 59 Garryowen 5, Ballymacarn Park; Saturday November 2, 2019: Garryowen 25 Ballynahinch 5, Dooradoyle
IrishRugby.ie prediction: Garryowen to win
CORK CONSTITUTION (7th) v UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN (5th), Temple Hill
Form of the season Energia All-Ireland League: Constitution of Liège: I’M GOING; University of Dublin: LWW
Top scorers in the Energia All-Ireland League – Constitution of Liège: Points: Aidan Moynihan 25; Tests: Duncan Williams, Barry Galvin, JJ O’Neill, Sean French 1 each; University of Dublin: Points: Mick O’Kennedy 18; Tests: Mark Nicholson 2
Overview: October has been a frustrating month for Cork Constitution, but you have a feeling the picture could be a lot rosier around this time next month. They are more than capable of securing victories over University of Dublin, Garryowen, UCD and Ballynahinch.
Their return to the top four begins with a visit from Trinity, who has recovered from a bad start. “We’re playing good things but we’re not quite finishing (our chances),” said Trinity rugby manager. Tony Smith.
Hosts miss the colossus before Conor Kindregan following his red card against Clontarf. Smeeth gives start to the Leinster duo Rob russell and Jack Dunne rear and lock respectively. Diminutive danger man Ronan Quinn returns to the right wing.
Recent League Meetings – Saturday 9 November 2019: Cork Constitution 25 Dublin University 22, Temple Hill; Saturday February 29, 2020: Dublin University 0 Cork Constitution 27, College Park
IrishRugby.ie prediction: Cork Constitution to win
LANSDOWNE (2nd) v YOUNG MUNSTER (3rd), main pitch at Aviva Stadium
Form of the season Energia All-Ireland League: Lansdowne: WWW; Young Munster: WWW
Top scorers in the Energia All-Ireland League – Lansdowne: Points: Charlie Tector 20; Tests: Mark Boyle, Cormac Foley, Michael Silvester 2 each; Young Munster: Points: Evan Cusack 37; Tests: Conor Hayes 3
Overview: The Halloween weekend elite’s big match and those attending Irish Rugby HQ are sure to be in for a treat. Jack harrington and Jacques Lyons are promoted from the bench to start for Young Munster.
The force carrier Dan Walsh also arrives at number 8, with the boss of the Munsters Gearoid Prendergast saying, “Lansdowne is a very tough opposition. While home form is very important, we are also focused on building those away wins. “
Both teams will have provincial heavyweights on the bench, Lansdowne added Leinster’s Peter Dooley and Munster accessory Keynan Knox travel with Cookies. Michel Silvester, the scorers of two tries at UCC, passes to the back for the hosts.
Recent League Meetings – Saturday November 16, 2019: Lansdowne 0 Young Munster 7, Aviva Stadium back field; Saturday February 22, 2020: Young Munster 21 Lansdowne 20, Tom Clifford Park
IrishRugby.ie prediction: Lansdowne up for grabs
TERENURE COLLEGE (6th) v CLONTARF (4th), Lakelands Park
Form of the season Energia All-Ireland League: Terenure College: CMU; Clontarf: WWW
Top scorers in the Energia All-Ireland League – Terenure College: Points: James Thornton 20; Tests: Stephen O’Neill, Craig Adams, Peter Sylvester 2 each; Clontarf: Points: David Hawkshaw 34; Tests: Dylan Donnellan, Conor Kearns 2 each
Overview: Clontarf believes they owe Terenure College one after losing to them twice at the Bull Ring in 2019. The teams haven’t met in the league since then, but Andy wood’s men look the strongest in current form.
This is not to write off Terenure, they have lost to two of the firsts so far and the opposition coaches have praised their maul in particular. New center Pierre Sylvestre quickly picked up two tries.
There will surely be a “warm” welcome for the new number 8 of “Nure Jordan Coghlan, who played for ‘Tarf in his early days. The battle of the back row will see people like Tony ryan and Harrison Brewer make war.
Recent League Meetings – Saturday April 6, 2019: Clontarf 15 Collège Terenure 16, avenue du Château; Friday October 18, 2019: Clontarf 10 Collège Terenure 16, Avenue du Château
IrishRugby.ie prediction: Clontarf to win
UCD (10th) vs. UCC (9th), Belfield Bowl
Form of the season Energia All-Ireland League: UCD: I’M GOING; UCC: I’M GOING
Top scorers in the Energia All-Ireland League – UCD: Points: James Tarrant, David Heavey 10 each; Tests: David Heavey 2; UCC: Points: Rob Hedderman, Darragh French 8 each; Tests: Richard Thompson, Louis Bruce, Matthew Bowen, George Coomber, Alex Kendellen 1 each
Overview: UCD beefed up its bottom line for this interuniversity derby, attracting talent from Leinster Academy Chris Cosgrave at the back and David ryan in the middle of the field. Captain Jack ringrose returns to the left wing.
Before the Leinster under 19 Diarmuid Mangan goes to a berth in the back, with Mark Morrissey and Jonathan fish combine at the lock. Kevin Croke’s the young people are chasing their first victory, just like the visitors to the UCC.
Cork students travel with a strong selection, enhanced by the inclusion of Munster’s John hodnett and Jack O’Sullivan in the back row. They also have Scott Buckley hooker and did it again Cian whooley return halfway up.
Recent League Meetings – Saturday November 30, 2019: UCC 10 UCD 24, le Mardyke; Saturday February 15, 2020: UCD 15 UCC 12, Belfield Bowl
IrishRugby.ie prediction: UCD to win