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Armagh could be on cloud nine after Wanderers' clash

By Michael Sadler

Armagh will be aiming to still be the only club in the AIL with a 100 per cent record when they host Wanderers in the last scheduled round of matches before Christmas. For the Division 2B leaders going nine victories from nine is the intention when Wanderers - who are in third - visit the Palace Grounds with the home side's coaching team of Alex McCloy and Brian McLaughlin determined to keep pushing on.

Armagh are already nine ahead of closest rivals Greystones and only Wanderers are equal to them in racking up four-try bonuses though today's opponents have already lost three times.

"For us it's a massive game and if we could get to the half-way stage of the season having played nine and won nine it would be nice," said head coach McCloy.

Also in 2B, Dungannon are at home to Old Crescent while City of Derry, who are bottom and still winless, are at Barnhall.

Up in 2A, leaders Banbridge are at Highfield while snapping at Bann's heels in second are Queen's University who host Cashel with Ulster squad member Rob Lyttle at full-back though lock Alex Thompson is still out injured while flanker Nick Timoney is with Ireland Sevens.

Elsewhere, Malone host basement club Belfast Harlequins in what looks a must-win outing for the Deramore club.

Bangor travel to Sligo for their clash in 2C, after the north Down side's rich vein of form was, unexpectedly, brought to a halt last weekend while hosting Bruff.

Jason Morgan's side head west with two changes to last week's selection as flanker and key forward Jamie Clegg is out with a potentially serious knee injury - Ryan Latimer comes in - while hooker Andrew Shaw starts ahead of Connor Pyper.

Table-topping Rainey - who have already lost to Sligo - are at Bruff.

Div 2A: Corinthians v Sunday's Well​, Highfield​ v ​Banbridge​,​ Malone​ v ​Belfast Harlequins​​, Nenagh v ​Blackrock College​, Queen's University v ​Cashel

Div 2B: Armagh​ v ​Wanderers, Dungannon​ v Old Crescent​​​, Barnhall​ v City Of Derry, Skerries​ v ​Bective Rangers​, Thomond​ v ​Greystones​​

Div 2C: Bruff​ v ​Rainey​​,​ Kanturk​ v ​Boyne​​, Navan ​​v ​Seapoint,​​ Sligo​ ​v ​Bangor​, Tullamore​ v ​Midleton​

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