Title-chasing Clonmel wary of battle against basement side Tralee

Junior Rugby Focus: Clonmel will seek to take another big step towards the Munster Junior League title, but can’t take anything for certain as they travel to Tralee.

The Kerry side are in serious danger of the drop but have shown glimpses of form of late.

Tralee are six points off third bottom which itself may not enough to secure safety. Having lost to the Pirates, they will have to win at least two games and won’t have time to worry about their opponents’ reputation. The Tipperary side will need to be focused and if they can withstand an early onslaught they should have enough quality to win.

Newcastle West will just focus on what they can do as they try to catch Clonmel. They host a Clonakilty side who have plenty of talented players. The Limerick side may have to aim for a bonus point win but won’t find it easy against the West Cork side.

The game of the day sees third host fourth as Kilfeacle travel to St Senan’s. Both sides have had a major say in the title race and, theoretically, are still in with a chance, though realistically they will be aiming to secure an All Ireland Cup spot by finishing in the top four. Both sides have been playing some excellent rugby and it should be a very competitive game.

At the other end of the table Old Christians and Cobh Pirates should contest a very tight and tense game at Rathcooney. Both sides are on 15 points and still threatened with relegation. Whoever emerges victorious can take a big step to retaining Division One status. The Pirates will seek to maintain their momentum from recent wins and may be able to secure the win.

Kinsale look to be doomed for a return to Division Two but can’t be accused of playing boring rugby. They have continuously played attacking rugby but their leaky defence has cost them. They travel to a St Mary’s side who have been patchy this year but their forward power should see them win out.

Muskerry will seek revenge for their Cup defeat as they return to Waterpark while Skibbereen will hope to bounce back from an upset against Waterford City by overcoming Galbally at home.

In Division Two, Bandon can secure their place in the top flight next season. They face perhaps their toughest game so far with a trip to Castleisland but given the Cork side’s formidable form, it will be a brave person who would bet against them. Clanwilliam are in pole position for the second promotion spot and should take a big step towards promotion with a home win over Presentation. Thurles are their main threat and should keep the pressure on with maximum points at home to Crosshaven.

Killarney are in big danger of dropping down to Division Three. They will need a big performance at home to Ballincollig to maintain their survival hopes, with the Cork side not guaranteed safety yet. Youghal are also in trouble and face a tough trip to Waterford City.

In Division Three, Charleville can cap a fine season as they can secure promotion at the expense of Douglas, with a win in Bantry. Dungarvan already have the League title secure and will want to finish with a flourish. However, Fethard will be tough opponents especially on the back of a magnificent Cup win in Ennis.

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