Methody aiming for a stunning Leinster hat-trick
Methodist College are aiming for a superb hat-trick of victories over Leinster rivals.
With St Mary’s College and Belvedere College already accounted for, MCB hope to make it three in a row on Saturday when they host Castleknock College.
If forwards like Oliver McCollum, Dan Kerr and James Harrison can keep Marc Gribben, Matthew McFaul and co supplied, Castleknock — Irish debutant Devin Toner’s alma mater — will be fully tested.
Belfast Royal Academy, smarting after defeat doled out by Bangor GS last weekend, face a tough test in trying to get themselves back on track at home to Foyle and Londonderry College buzzing after an excellent win over RBAI.
The hosts will need to have Ryan Clarke, Matthew Robinson, Michael Wylie and Eoin Devlin on song, particularly if Tom Burns is fit to play for the visitors.
Even if he is not, Foyle have other potential match-winners in Chris Campbell, Ian Vance, Neil Burns and Graeme McCarter.
Unbeaten RS Armagh host Wallace HS at College Hill.
Home scrum-half Willie Gordon has been in fine form of late, as have team mates Neil Faloon, Stuart Hooks, Timothy McNeice and Peter Eves.
Wallace will hope David Scott, Cal McIlwaine and Jordan Grattan can get them motoring again but that won’t be easy against opponents accustomed to winning.
Belfast’s other ‘Royal’ school, RBAI, will view the visit of RS Dungannon as an opportunity to bounce back after losing to Foyle and their chances of doing so will be boosted if Zach Welshman is fit.
Another Royal School — Portora — entertain Coleraine AI whose half-backs Paddy Farrell and Michael Poskitt are their key men.
Sullivan Upper, who lost heavily to RS Armagh last week, host Regent House, convincing winners against Cambridge House despite not having played particularly well and keen to find another gear as a result.
Bangor, who were well served by Matthew Hamilton, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Harper and Karl Lamont in their excellent win against BRA, entertain unbeaten Ballyclare HS for whom Jonny Holmes, Paddy Hamill, Peter Ferguson and Marc Logan have been playing well.
Ballyclare’s most recent victims, Grosvenor GS, go to Campbell College who threw away an 18-3 interval lead and ended up losing 20-18 to Dalriada. Now those same Ballymoney boys are away to Larne GS, a side refreshed after their Canadian tour.
Understrength Friends, who lost to Down HS last weekend, should have Jamie Robinson, Aaron Bassett, Ross Robinson and Rory McIvor back for their home date with Carrickfergus GS.
Down HS and Wellington College, each of whom had wins against Friends’ teams last week, meet in Downpatrick.
Belfast HS spirits will have been raised by the 34-5 rout of Antrim GS, a match in which their No 8 Ryan McGonigle excelled.
If they are to make it two in a row they must see off Banbridge Academy for whom out-half Chris Craig and full-back Michael Runciman have been going well.
Ballymena Academy, who suffered a narrow defeat by St Michael’s College, Dublin last time out, welcome Rainey.
Omagh Academy — winners against Lurgan College — host Limavady GS who return to action following on from the Halloween break.