BUCCS AWAY TO GARRYOWEN
BUCCANEERS head south-west to Dooradoyle on Saturday where they square up to Garryowen in the Energia All-Ireland League with this Division 1B clash kicking off at 3 p.m. (Note change of kick-off time). Three wins and a draw in their last five matches have moved the Limerick club up to fifth in the league standings. That includes a 14-0 victory over the Pirates in a disappointing encounter in Athlone.
Buccs were bitterly disappointed not to have completed a double over Blackrock College last weekend, literally gifting victory to the visitors in the final phase of a really decent contest. But if the Pirates can replicate that endeavour and commitment – and improve discipline — they can put it up to the Munster side on Saturday.
SECONDS AWAY TO SLIGO IN CUP
Following their win away to Monivea last Sunday, Buccaneers Seconds Junior Cup campaign sees them on the road again this weekend with a trip to Hamilton Park, Strandhill, in the offing. There they will face their Sligo counterparts who inflicted a first league defeat of the season on the Shannonsiders just before Christmas. For whatever reason Buccs were a pale shadow of their usual selves that day and they will surely be in much better shape on Sunday. Sam Fogarty is their main injury concern. The action here gets under way at 2 p.m.
U-20s HOME TO UCD
Buccaneers U-20s resume action following the festive break with a home fixture against UCD Seconds in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster League Premier 2 Division. Buccs had a narrow 10-5 away victory over the Students earlier in the season. UCD shipped a heavy 50-0 thumping away to leaders Corinthians last time out so, on home soil and if properly focussed, the young Pirates should prevail. Kick-off at Dubarry Park is 2.30 p.m.