Club Rugby Preview – 09 Feb 2019

Club Rugby Preview – 09 Feb 2019

Preview of this weekend’s club rugby action…

RIVER ROCK TOWNS CUP SECOND ROUND

Dungannon seconds v Enniskillen. Played Wednesday 6th February 2019 KO 8PM. Enniskillen won 22 – 5
Clogher Valley v Limavady
Portadown v Larne. Match awarded to Portadown
Ballynahinch seconds v Ballyclare
Dromore v Banbridge seconds
Ballymena seconds v Coleraine. Played Monday 4th February 2019 KO 7.30PM. Ballymena won 50 – 0

Clogher Valley v Limavady

Clogher Valley team: 1. Philip Hopper, 2. Kyle Cobane, 3. Neil Henderson, 4. Eugene McKenna, 5. Michael Treanor (Capt), 6. David Sharkey. 7. Aaron Dunwoody, 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. Mark Ellis, 10. Paul Armstrong, 11. Fleming Agnew, 12. Rodney Bennett, 13. Reece Smyton, 14. Josh Coulter, 15. Ewan Haire, 16. Josh Coulter, 17. Mark McKenna.

Graeme Eastwood Limavady Head coach: His squad are carrying a few injuries this week with the coach sticking to his policy of blooding young talent in the Cup competitions this season. He is confident his young and talented squad can get a result at the Cran this week.
These two teams have already met in the league this season with Limavady winning 25 – 3 at the John Hunter Memorial Playing Fields. Both teams are due to meet at the Cran on the 30th March in a match that could decide who is promoted to Div 1 this season.

Ballynahinch seconds v Ballyclare

Ballynahinch seconds team: 1. Ben Cullen, 2. Clayton Milligan, 3. Kelvin Hamilton, 4. Tom Martin, 5. Brian Howard, 6. Graeme Mckitterick, 7. Aaron Hall, 8. Gareth Gill, 9. Lewis Finlay, 10. Matthew Norton (Capt), 11. Jonny McCoubrey, 12. Robin Harte, 13. George Pringle. 14. Aaron Ferris, 15. James Mc Briar, 16. Jerry Cronin, 17. Joe Bingham/Stuart Elwood/Davy Harris.

Ballyclare team: 1. Dean Jones, 2. Matthew Coulter, 3. Al Boyd, 4. Ryan Tweed, 5. Grant Bartley (Capt), 6. Aaron Playfair, 7. Gary Weatherup, 8. Dave Clarke, 9. Andy Eastop, 10. Niall Lawther, 11. Michael Kirk, 12. Joel McBride, 13. Robbie Reid, 14. Owen Kirk, 15. Gary Clotworthy, 16. Jordan Birnie/ Jack Black. 17. Ross Patterson.

Dromore v Banbridge seconds

Jonny Cullen Dromore 1st xv Head coach: He is sticking to the same side for the match with Banbridge seconds. On the injury front the coach is hoping to have scrum half Lee Steenson available for their crucial league matches in March.

KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 1

Coleraine (10) v CIYMS (9)
Cooke (5) v Ballyclare (1) Postponed
Dromore (3) v Enniskillen (8) Postponed
Grosvenor (4) v Carrickfergus (7)
Portadown (6) v Instonians (2)

Coleraine v CIYMS

Coleraine Head coach Benjy Van Der Byl is hoping to have a few of his injured players available this week with selection to be finalised on Thursday night.

CIYMS Head coach Gareth Fry: The coach felt his team were unlucky not to see out their recent 29 – 27 defeat to Instonians at Belmont conceding a late score to lose the match. It was a really gutsy performance from all 17 players. Unfortunately seven of the players from the match day squad against Instonians are unavailable this week. He is still able to field a competitive team that maybe lacks confidence and cohesion at this time. It is a massive game for both teams this weekend. Coleraine is not an easy place to visit at any time but like ourselves they are chasing a couple of wins to keep them safe this season. Both teams would never have thought at the beginning of the season they would be occupying the bottom two places in Div 1. But it shows the competitive side of this league. You lose a couple of games and you put yourself under pressure. The coach has been really impressed with the performances of the team post Christmas. He is hoping they continue this weekend.

When these two teams met at Belmont on the 6th October 2018 Coleraine outscored CIYMS by six tries to four to win 36 – 29.

Grosvenor v Carrickfergus

Grosvenor Head coach Robert Ford:  The coach has to deal with a number of late fitness tests before finalising selection on Thursday night. Both Allen McCluggage and Stuart McIIwaine remain unavailable for another two weeks. Full back Mark Johnston is available and will come into contention this week. The scoreline flattered his team the last time they played Carrickfergus.

Carrickfergus Head coach Warren McClean: Again the coach will have to make a few changes due to injury and unavailability. He is looking his team to bounce back from their defeat against Randalstown . He believes they are capable of causing an upset against a very fit and young Grosvenor side.

When these two teams met at the Tom Simms Memorial Grounds on the 13thOctober 2018 Grosvenor won 31 – 13.

Portadown v Instonians

Portadown team: 1. Mark Henderson, 2. Rab Reid, 3. Matthew Davison, 4. Matt Stevens, 5. Danny Alexander, 6. James Wright, 7. Gary Hall, 8. Lloyd Gravatt, 9. Brian Forrestal, 10. Brett Flack, 11. Jack Orr, 12. Jordan Taylor, 13. Josh Matchett, 14. William Holden, 15. Tom Ceasar, 16. Aaron McMaster, 17. Aaron Abraham.

Portadown assistant coach Mark Neilly: He feels if his team play to their potential the result will take care of itself. It is all about the Portadown pack matching up to the Instonians forwards.

Instonians Head coach John Andress: He is able to pick from a nearly fully fit squad for this weekend. His only absentee is Hooker Neil Saulters.

When the two teams met at Shawsbridge on the 13th October 2018 Instonians won a closely contested game 14 – 10.

PREMIERSHIP SECOND XV LEAGUE

Ballymena seconds (4) v Banbridge seconds (6) Postponed
City of Armagh seconds (2) v Ballynahinch seconds (1) Postponed
Malone seconds (5) v Omagh seconds (3)

KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 2

Larne (8) v Ards (6)
Limavady (1) v Ballymoney (5) Postponed
Lisburn (9) v Lurgan (7)
Randalstown (4) v Clogher Valley (2) Postponed
UUC (10) v Academy (3)

Larne v Ards

Ards scored six tries when they defeated Larne 37 – 3 at Hamilton Park on the 27th October 2018.

Lisburn v Lurgan

Lisburn Director of Rugby Mike Knowles: Acknowledges the importance of the match for his Lisburn side. The coaches are hoping to have Adam Jameson, Ryan Hill and Jake Bebbington returning from injury this week. Epi Ratu is likely to start after being unavailable for several weeks. Back row forward Noel Hooke remains unavailable due to injury.

Lurgan Assistant coach Jason Wallace: Lurgan are expected to be similar to the team that lost 19 -15 away to league leaders Limavady two weeks ago. The only change will be Daniel Lyness who is ruled out with a fractured collar bone.

When these two teams met at Pollack Park on the 27th October 2018 Lurgan won a close game 14 – 10.

UUC v Academy

When these two teams met at Roughfort on the 27th October 2018 Academy scored nine tries in a 55 – 8 win.

KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DIV 3

BHSFP (10) V Monaghan (2)
Donaghadee (1) v Cavan (11)
Letterkenny (6) v Newry (5)
Ophir (12) v Civil Service (9)
Strabane (7) v Holywood (4)
Virginia (8) v PSNI (3)