Points scramble for derby rivals in Munster Junior League rugby

The top teams should continue their impressive starts this weekend in the Munster Junior League, while there are a couple of eye-catching local derbies down the league.

Tonight, Castleisland make the short trip to Tralee and both sides will be fired up after weather disrupted their matches last week. It’s sure to be an intense, passionate encounter and a win would propel either side up the Division 2 table.

In Division 1, the big derby is down in The Vale in Clonakilty as Skibbereen are the visitors. Both sides have only a single win from their opening four games, although Clon are three points ahead of their rivals having collected four bonus points. Batt Duggan will look to impose himself on the forward battle for Clon while Joe Crowley can pose a threat around the fringes.

Richie Burns and Peter Stout will need to have big games for Skibbereen for whom the boot of Denis McCarthy will be a key asset.

Newcastle West put in an impressive display in defeat to Clonmel last week. Things will be just as tough when they travel to Richmond who enjoyed a break as their game was postponed.

Clonmel can maintain their impressive start to the campaign with a home win over St Senan’s. The Clare side have had a strong start but will find it tough to match their hosts.

Kilfeacle currently lie third with Shane Looby and Sean Bourke impressing. They host a Waterpark side who haven’t won since the opening game but will be rested as their last game was washed out. It is hard to see beyond a home victory but Waterpark will quietly fancy their chances.

Galbally have pulled a string of impressive results together in recent weeks. They will expect to win at bottom side Muskerry, though the Cork side will hope to build on that dramatic win over Old Christians.

Old Christians themselves will be keen to bounce back as they travel to Clanwilliam. The Tipperary side will be full of confidence and the accurate kicking of Niall Leahy could tip this one their way. In the other match, it should be a close contest between Bandon and St Mary’s.

Abbeyfeale will expect to maintain their strong position at the top of Division 2 as they host a struggling Ennis side. One of the big games at the weekend is in Ballincollig as the home side will battle it out with Presentation with both teams keen to stay in the promotion hunt.

Waterford City make the trip to Thurles in what should be an even contest while Cobh Pirates will expect to maintain their unbeaten start at home to Mallow. Kinsale face a potential banana skin at Charleville while Dungarvan and Newport battle it out for their first league wins.

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