Win puts Lansdowne in sight of title
Lansdowne seem to be in sight of the Ulster Bank Division One A title following a comprehensive 34-14 bonus-point win over Cork Constitution at Temple Hill on Saturday. This victory has moved them 12 points clear of Garryowen at the top of the table with just six games left.
Given that four of those games are at home, it would take a dramatic collapse for Lansdowne to lose out.
Young Munster, one of Lansdowne’s main challengers, suffered a major blow when they were decisively beaten 35-10 by Clontarf at Castle Avenue. They are down to fourth in the table, but they do have a game in hand.
At the bottom, Shannon have given themselves a real chance of avoiding relegation by beating fellow strugglers Old Belvedere 28-17 at Coonagh.
Shannon remain bottom, but are just two points adrift of UL Bohemians and four behind Old Belvedere. In the remaining Division One A game, St Mary’s continued their push up the table with a 20-18 victory over Dolphin at Templeville Road.
Ballynahinch, the Division One B leaders, had a resounding 66-5 home victory over bottom side Ballymena. They scored 10 tries to go eight points clear at the top.
UCD are now in second place, ahead of Dublin University on points difference. Buccaneers are fourth following their 37-30 home victory over Malone.