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UCC top of the class

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 4:29pm

A Cork side is sitting top of the All-Ireland League Division 1A table after the first round of matches concluded at the weekend. UCC were the only team to pick up a try-scoring bonus point on a weather-beaten opening day in the top flight and now face Ballynahinch on Saturday where they will try to extend their opening weekend form to remain top of the table.

Two second half tries from winger Matthew Bowen inspired UCC’s 30-20 bonus point win away to Dublin University with Rob Hedderman and Bowen chipping in with tries from the back three and Australian newcomer Rory Suttor marking his Division 1A debut with a try.

Elsewhere Cork Con had a much tougher opening match, squeezing out a 14-13 win over Garryowen at Temple Hill. Aidan Moynihan rescued a win from the jaws of defeat for the reigning league champions but Con were far from their best as they kicked off their Division 1A title defence in wet conditions at Temple Hill.

Con now travel to Dublin this weekend where they face Clontarf who came through a similarly sticky situation last week, beating Young Munster 7-6 at Tom Clifford Park in Limerick.

Elsewhere, in the lower divisions, Highfield, who have had some storming seasons of late, are top of the Division 1B table thanks to an opener against Malone at Woodleigh Park which the hosts won 27-6. A trip to Down this Saturday is next for the Bishopstown-based outfit who play Banbridge who will be looking for a win on home ground after their opening weekend loss to Old Wesley on a scoreline of 13-3.

It wasn't all good fortune for Cork sides, however, with Dolphin suffering a 25-9 loss to Cashel RFC at Irish Independent Park.

In Division 2C, Midleton and Sunday's Well were beaten by Enniscorthy and Bangor repectively with Midelton looking to overturn the Well's result when they welcome Bangor on Saturday while Sunday's Well face Clonmel at Irish Independent Park. Kick-off in all matches is at 2.30pm.

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