League champions Clonmel are also eyeing cup success

There are fixtures across a range of competitions this weekend. The big games are in the Munster Junior Cup where a number of the favourites eye progression to the quarter-finals.

They include holders and recently crowned league champions Clonmel.

Presentation have the unenviable task of visiting the Tipperary side, who will be eager to maintain momentum ahead of the All-Ireland round robin next week.

Presentation have been solid in Division 2 and reached this stage with an excellent win over Midleton. They are a proud side and will look to test themselves against the best in the province. In reality, a competitive performance would be big for them.

So far, the junior clubs have been getting the better of the second teams of the senior clubs. But two of the strongest senior seconds are still left in the competition.

Shannon host Old Christians in what should be the game of the day. The Limerick side cruised past Killorglin but face a much stiffer test against the Rathcooney side. Old Christians had to battle hard to get the better of Mallow and will be fired up, but home advantage may just favour the Limerick side.

Young Munster are also still in contention and have had a strong campaign in the Seconds League. They will start favourites on the road to Waterford City, but will be wary of the threat their opponents pose. The Waterford side have already accounted for Skibbereen.

Muskerry are among several strong sides competing in the Junior Plate. Having secured an All-Ireland Junior Cup spot, they would love to add some silverware and travel to a Charleville side who have already claimed the Martin O’Sullivan Cup.

Elsewhere, Thurles may prove too strong despite being away to Richmond. Home advantage could be crucial for Old Crescent over Abbeyfeale while Skibbereen and Nenagh host Dolphin and Galbally respectively. While most teams have completed their program in Division 1, there are still three outstanding games, with Waterpark involved in two of them. The first of them takes place on Sunday in Clonakilty. While Waterpark aren’t in the bottom two, the knock-on effect of Munster sides being relegated from the Ulster Bank League could increase the number of relegation spots. But the Waterford side only need a point from their remaining two games to guarantee they finish above third-bottom.

Clonakilty will finish in mid-table, but can overtake St Mary’s in sixth place with a bonus point and they will want to finish strongly at home.

Cobh Pirates are the side currently third bottom. They host bottom side Kinsale in a local derby and the East Cork team need to win with at least four tries to have any chance of moving up the table. For Kinsale, they have yet to win despite playing some good attacking rugby, with their main deficiency being in defence. They are unlikely to change their ways and it should be a very open game.

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