Richmond have the destiny of the league title in their hands despite the points from the Clonmel game being withdrawn, but some other clubs have been given a glimmer of hope. Kanturk and Skibbereen face off this weekend and both trail the Limerick side by four points and the winner of Sunday’s encounter will keep the pressure on.
No matter how things transpire, it has been a highly successful campaign for both Cork clubs. They have built the foundations of their success from big powerful packs but also have plenty of playmakers in the backs. Skibb travel to the Duhallow venue but will be wary of the home side who produced an excellent display last week to see off Waterpark. A similar effort could keep them in the hunt.
Richmond, meanwhile, will be expecting to get another win as they host Clanwilliam. A huge defensive effort saw the Limerick side win last week but they may be able to display more attacking credentials this weekend.
Kilfeacle currently occupy one of the relegation spots and with a tie against Richmond on the final day, they will be eager to pick up some points against Galbally. But the visitors’ league hopes are all but over after defeat to Richmond and Kilfeacle and that gives the latter the momentum.
Clonmel could drop into the relegation spot if Kilfeacle win. They have struggled recently and this weekend’s opponents Waterpark have suffered a similar but not as drastic a fate. The pressure is off the Waterford side and if they can rediscover their confidence they could put Clonmel away.
Cobh Pirates picked up some good results recently and will hope to maintain that form against St Senan’s. Old Christians should secure their status in the division with a win at home to bottom of the table Thurles.
A win over nearest rivals St Mary’s has put Mallow in control of Division 2. They will need to be on full alert as a trip to Killarney will pose problems. The Kerry side need a win to keep their promotion push alive and the Cork side’s title credentials will be severely tested.
With two games in hand, Presentation will fancy their chances of securing a top-two spot. A trip to Kinsale won’t be easy but last week’s defeat to struggling Bandon has seriously dented the Seasiders’ ambitions.
Bandon will need to produce an even bigger performance as they travel to Mary’s. The Limerick side still remain second and will be eager to get back to winning ways.
Newcastle West won’t have given up on promotion just yet but need to target maximum points against struggling Muskerry.
There is a big game at the wrong end of the table. Ballincollig’s slide has continued and they will need to rectify things immediately to avoid successive relegations. A trip to Newport, who are only two points above them, could be crucial to their survival. The home side will just be as hungry for points and it should be a hard-fought nervous relegation battle.
A home win for Ennis against Scariff would see them as the likely team to retain their Division 2 status.
Division 3 table-toppers Dungarvan face Carrick-on-Suir with the Tipperary side also involved in the promotion battle. Killorglin should get a win at Bantry Bay to keep their promotion push on track.
Waterford City will be eager to put in a similar effort as they travel to face a Fermoy side who can match anyone at this level. Corca Dhuibhne should be too strong for Dunmanway while Douglas will look for an away victory against Kilrush.