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Coach Daniel Soper has his sights set on a six hit

Daniel Soper

Banbridge are aiming for their sixth consecutive win in All-Ireland League 2B when they take on struggling Bective Rangers at Rifle Park this afternoon.

Fourth in the table after their recent winning run, the home side will expect nothing less than a victory against a team that fell to the bottom of the standings after results last week.

Very much in the promotion hunt, coach Daniel Soper - fresh from leading RBAI to the Schools' Cup final this week - will have the same panel to chose from as last week, a game that saw them beat Rainey Old Boys with a try in the closing stages.

Elsewhere in 2B today, the Magherafelt men will look to bounce back from that disappointing reverse when they take on Thomond in Limerick, although they now have a task on their hands to secure the top 10 finish that would see them remain in the third tier after the impending off-season reshuffle.

Last week's losing bonus point from a trip to Skerries has moved Dungannon off the bottom of the table and they will look to avoid a return to the basement when they host NUIM Barnhall at Stevenson Park.

Queen's promotion chase seems to have faltered in recent weeks - a 43-0 defeat to City of Derry last week certainly not helping their cause - and they face a tough challenge today with a visit from second-place Blackrock College.

After that seven-try romp against the students last week, City of Derry travel to Cashel knowing that a win would consolidate their place in the top 10.

Both of the Ulster sides in AIL 2B will also be in action this afternoon.

Relegation for Ards has looked a formality for a number of weeks, but it will be mathematically confirmed today if they fail to beat second in the table Tullamore, while Armagh travel to Sligo looking to regain their place in the top four.

Belfast Telegraph