Preview: AIL – Men’s Division 1A

It’s all to play for as no teams are unbeaten in round seven of Division 1A of the Energia All-Ireland, going into round seven of the competition.

Just three points separate Clontarf, Lansdowne, Young Munster, and Garryowen as the title race looks set to be an enthralling battle.

UCD vs Terenure College, Friday 26th November, Referee: Nigel Correll

The action kicks off on Friday night as eighth place UCD host sixth spot Terenure College.

UCD have endured a difficult campaign, picking up just two wins from four games whilst Terenure College have enjoyed a mixed bag this season with three wins and three loses.

Ballynahinch vs Cork Constitution, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Oisin Quinn

Basement side Ballynahinch have suffered a miserable season and are winless after six rounds, with scoring points a major issue – a league low 68 points.

Cork Constitution are fifth with 17 points but will be hoping for a much improved second quarter of the season.

Dublin University vs Young Munster, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Jonny Erskine

Seventh place Dublin University are on 13 points, whilst title chasing Young Munster are third with 21 points, trailing league leaders Clontarf by two points.

The visitors have a watertight defence, having only conceded 93 points this season.

Garryowen vs Lansdowne, Saturday 27th November, Referee: George Clancy

A recent dip in form means Garryowen have moved down to fourth but are still in the title race mix, trailing top spot by three points.

Lansdowne are second, just two points from the summit therefore both sides will be desperate for a win in the tie of the round.

UCC vs Clontarf, Saturday 27th November, Referee: Dermot Blake

UCC have won just one game all season, with them struggling in ninth place with five points.

Clontarf are flying in top spot with 23 points, after winning five of their opening six games. Which suggests a routine win should be on the cards. 

I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.

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