ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: Cork Con can breathe new life into title race

Cork Constitution will have the support of the nation — well almost — when they take on Lansdowne in today’s Ulster Bank League battle at Temple Hill, the outcome of which will surely shape the destination of the title.

Having beaten the Leinster club, long time leaders, in Dublin some weeks ago, Constitution will feel home advantage might see them through and provide a glimmer of hope to other contenders in the battle for the title.

Or will it? Con went into last week’s fixture against reigning champions St Mary’s College having won the first round fixture at Templeville Road. They lost the return and lost it badly, so there are questions to be answered today and Lansdowne could take a giant step towards closing the deal.

Division 1B leaders Ballynahinch were left waiting on the outcome of the all-dublin Varsity game from last night, but they remain in control of the division as they head into a home game against lowly Ballymena at Ballymacarn Park this afternoon. It all points to a home win

A very interesting tie this afternoon will be that between Belfast Harlequins and Bruff; this match will be of crucial importance to the County Limerick side as they bid to avoid relegation.

Five games out, the race for promotion in Division 2A continues, with UCC battling Terenure and leaders Corinthians for the one automatic and one play-off spot.

Corinthians, fresh from victory over Terenure last weekend, travel to relegation-threatened Bective Rangers and that might be a tricky encounter given the benefits victory might yield for the home side.

UCC should be too good for bottom club DLSP at Kirwan Park but will also tread wearily as will Terenure, surely, when they take on Old Wesley at Lakelands.

Further down, Rainey Old Boys look bankers to pick up the points against Skerries and push further on towards automatic promotion. Naas, in second place, NUIM Barnhall, Nenagh Ormond, Boyne and Navan are all biting at one another to fall in right behind them.

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