Buccaneers add to Lansdowne woes

LANSDOWNE'S slide towards relegation continued apace on Saturday when they were beaten 16-17 by Buccaneers at Lansdowne Road.

After a run of five consecutive defeats themselves, Buccaneers needed to steady the ship and they managed that with a last-gasp Paddy O'Sullivan try, converted by David Connellan to secure the spoils for the westerners.

Lansdowne's bonus point extended the gap between themselves and bottom club Carlow to two points.

In Division Two, Dolphin retained their lead at the top of the table with an excellent 26-6 win away to Ballynahinch, while closest rivals St Mary's could only draw 13-13 with bottom club Highfield in Cork.

UCC, five points adrift of Dolphin, had a good win over Barnhall on a 25-19 scoreline, while fourth-placed Bective travelled to Midleton and came away with an 11-6 victory.

UL-Bohs scored a comprehensive 39-12 win away to Terenure, while Thomond secured a worthy 33-15 win over second-last Waterpark.

In Division Three, with Greystones enjoying a weekend off, second-placed Clonakilty scored a 33-8 away to Portadown, running in five tries.

Sundays Well moved into third place at the expense of Connemara when they beat the All-Blacks 13-3 at Monastry Field.

That slip by the All-Blacks allowed Derry and Suttonians climb above them on the back of respective wins over Wanderers and Banbridge, while Bruff's first season at senior level continued with a 34-15 win to Skerries.

Results:

DIVISION ONE

Lansdowne 16 Buccaneers 17

DIVISION TWO

Ballynahinch 6 Dolphin 26

DLSP 0 Young Munster 16

Highfield 13 St. Mary's 13

Midleton 6 Bective R 11

Old Crescent 27 O Belvedere 19

Terenure 12 UL Bohemians 39

Thomond 33 Waterpark 15

UCC 25 Barnhall 19

DIVISION THREE

Ballina 10 Ards 38

Banbridge 12 Suttonians 25

Bruff 34 Skerries 15

City of Derry 22 Wanderers 12

Connemara 3 Sunday's Well 13

Corinthians 13 Queens 8

Instonians 41 O Wesley 6

Portadown 8 Clonakilty 33.

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