BUCCS HOME TO BALLYNAHINCH IN ANOTHER KEY FIXTURE | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Mar  04   2019

BUCCANEERS play their penultimate home All-Ireland League Division 1B fixture on Saturday when Ballynahinch are visitors to Dubarry Park where the action kicks off at 2.30 p.m. This promises to be a battle royal as Hinch, level on points with second placed Malone, will be keen to maintain their promotion hopes while Buccs will be striving to continue their upward movement on the league ladder.


Matches between these two clubs tend to be high-scoring affairs with the Ulster team prevailing 42-31 at Ballymacarn Park on the October bank holiday Saturday. Then Buccs, who lost Graham Lynch to injury in the warm-up, were hit by a triple injury whammy on the half-hour mark that derailed their game plan. However, they regrouped late in the contest to secure a try bonus point and will take encouragement from their endeavours in such a challenging situation. They will also take belief from their improving results and performances having won four of their last five outings. Errors have in the main been eliminated but yellow cards continue to accrue and this is an area, whether it be through better discipline or sheer cuteness, that must improve.



Ballynahinch put in a solid second half display to overcome Naas last weekend and will be doughty opponents and an acid test for what is likely to be a much changed Pirates crew. But this is an opportunity for Buccs to keep their momentum going and, if they play with purpose and discipline, the midlanders can prevail.



Ireland v France on Sunday


Here’s hoping that Buccaneers could have two players in the Ireland squad to play France at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday next. Fingers crossed Athlonians Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw will both be included in Joe Schmidt’s selection. If you do not have a ticket for the game, then pop along to The Bounty where you can watch it on the various big screens and savour the atmosphere. Kick off 3 p.m. Come on, Ireland!