Preview: AIL – Men’s Division 2A


Queen’s University remain in top spot after last weekend’s exploits, in the Men’s Energia All Ireland League Division 2A. While Ballymena and Buccaneers are hot on their heels, waiting to pounce on any slip ups.

Ballymena V Nenagh Ormond Saturday November 27th. 2:30pm Eaton Park. 

Third placed Ballymena will welcome bottom of the table Nenagh this weekend, results have not been favourable for the Tipp side this year, just one win so far as they come into this tie off a heavy defeat.

Ballymena were defeated 24-14 by Cashel last weekend, another shock defeat caused by the fellow Tipperary club, Dean Millar with their only try, as kicker Tim Small recorded the rest of the scores.

Another heavy defeat for Nenagh, as they suffered a 45-15 loss to top of the table Queens University. Conor McMahon and Kevin O’Flaherty crossed for Ormond, but the relentless students caused havoc in the end.

Buccaneers V Rainey Old Boys, Saturday November 27th. 2:30pm Dubarry Park. 

After having their fixture cancelled due to Covid last weekend, Buccs will aim to get back to winning ways this weekend, as they look to climb up the table. Old Boys fell short against Bohs last weekend, and sit just four points off the bottom spot.

Buccaneers will hope their fixture goes ahead this weekend, the shared points from last weekend sees them sit just three points behind Queens in the table.

Rainey narrowly missed out on a losing bonus point, going down 32-24 to UL, Jack Bresland and a brace by Connor Smyth were their try scorers at the UL Arena.

Dolphin V MU Barnhall Saturday November 27th. 2:30pm Musgrave Park

Barnhall will look to end their recent losing streak, as they travel to Cork to face a Dolphin side, who had their recent fixture cancelled due to Covid.

The Rebels will have a tough task on their hands, despite the record of the visitors just four points separating them in the table, they will aim to pile more misery on the Kildare club.

Barnhall looked to have done enough to claim the points against Old Crescent, but a last minute try saw them fall short 23-18 in favour of the Limerick club. Adam Chester was again in good form for Barnhall, he has been influential despite their latest results.

Old Crescent V Cashel Saturday November 27th. 2:30pm Takumi Park

An All Munster affair at Takumi Park this weekend, as two clubs who have claimed big scalps go head to head. The Munster derby will serve as a crucial point to see if either team will climb this weekend.

Old Crescent made it back-to-back victories last weekend, flooring hosts MU Barnhall with a last-minute try from flying winger Val McDermott. They won out 23-18 in a dramatic finish at Parsonstown.

Cashel followed up on their shock result against Queen’s University by taking down third-placed Ballymena.They produced another top drawer performance, crowning their first home league game of the season with a 24-14 victory. Their two previous fixtures at Spafield were cancelled due to Covid-19.

Queens University V UL Bohemian Saturday November 27th. 2:30pm Dub Lane

Queens will aim to remain on top spot by the weekend, UL Bohemian provide the opposition, the club inform coming into the tie after victory last weekend.

The Students got back on track with a successful trip to Tipp for their fourth try-scoring bonus point of the campaign. Number 8 Gary Dillon impressed with a brace of tries while Michael Orr, Robbie Johnston, Graham Curtis, Conor McKee and Ben Heath also crossed the whitewash.

UL Bohemians climbed out of the bottom two last weekend, with a 32-24 bonus point triumph over Rainey Old Boys. Out-half Harry Byrne scored a try, three conversions and two penalties for a 17-point haul.