BUCCANEERS kick off the second half of the Energia All-Ireland League with a home match against Old Crescent at Dubarry Park on Saturday. This Division 2A game kicks off at the earlier than usual time of 1.30 p.m.

Buccs will be eager to make a winning start to the New Year fixtures and also to atone for the narrow defeat sustained at Rosbrien just before Christmas. The Limerick side’s 11-8 win there kept them in the top four where the Pirates would have been had they come out on top. They struggled in the tight against a heftier pack but must learn from that and endeavour to move the Munster side around the paddock and use the space in behind. Both teams like to play on the front foot so an entertaining, yet competitive affair looks likely. Buccaneers must really make home advantage pay, otherwise, they may lose contact with the pace-setters as the league gets into a vital stage.

The early kick off will facilitate Connacht fans who may wish to watch their crunch Champions Cup match against Toulouse. You can catch all the action there after the Buccs game on the big screens in The Bounty.