Cup heroes Ballynahinch hope to stay in promotion chase
Published 17/04/2009 | 00:00
With no date set for the rearranged fixture with Highfield, Ballynahinch travel to Clonakilty hoping to snap-up five points to keep their promotion hopes from Division Two alive.
If UCC win at DLSP and Lansdowne beat Dublin University whatever Hinch does is, however, academic.
The Co Down club are third, eight points a drift of the top two but with a game in hand, and must win in Cork and hope the other results go their way.
Hinch go into the game without captain Stuart Lamb who received a 12 week ban for biting an opponent from Cork Con, Willie Faloon takes over the armband.
At the other end of the table Belfast Harlequins need to take a point off neighbours Instonians to make sure they are not relegated.
Quins go into the final day in 13th place, five points ahead of Wanderers with the Dubliners travelling to Highfield.
Inst are already relegated but coach Clem Boyd wants to finish the season on a high.
Injuries in midfield means Kiwi flanker Scott Uren swaps the backrow to start in the centre beside Jamie Scott. David O’Hara and Johnny Watt continue at half back with Rory Drysdale at full back.
In the pack Paul Robinson fills in for Uren, Neil Simpson continues at hooker and tight head prop Gary Mitchell captains the side.
Andy Dougan takes charge of Malone for the last time as they finish of their campaign at home to Old Crescent. The Gibson Park side need a win to finish in the top half of the table while the Munster men will be looking for the points to make the playoffs.
In Division One Ballymena and Dungannon have little to play for except pride but they can shape the playoff picture.
Ballymena travel to league leaders Cork Con in Jacque Benade’s last AIL game in charge.
Chris Allen starts at loose head, Simon Shaw is on the tight side with Steven Douglas hooking.
Craig Woods is at scrum half with Seamus Mallon in the centre, Con need a victory to guarantee a play off place.
Dungannon travel to Dublin for a clash with fifth place Clontarf. Coach John Andrews is without Thomas Anderson, Declan Fitzpatrick and Chris Cochrane.