This weekend throws up another set of interesting fixtures as the teams start their final six game run to the end of the season.
The matches kick off tonight (Friday) with games at Temple Hill and Lakelands with the rest of the round completed tomorrow afternoon.
Before we get to our predictions let’s have a look at the current standings and current form.
Energia AIL 1A Current Standings
Energia AIL 1A Current Form
Energia AIL 1A Week 13 Predictions
Cork Constitution (87%) v UCC (13%)
Previous meeting. UCC Cork 6 Constitution 10 (Week 6)
Out fist game of the weekend should be the easiest to predict as it pitches the leading form team, and undefeated league leaders, Cork Constitution against a struggling UCC who are without a win in their last nine outings.
However, it’s a local derby and it was close the last times the teams met in Week 6 so you can’t rule out the University side completely.
Cork Constitution impressed last week in their win against Ballynahinch, in appalling conditions. They have too much composure in their squad to drop this one and their unbeaten run should continue this weekend.
Terenure College (20%) v UCD (40%)
Previous meeting. UCD 30 Terenure College 20 (Week 6)
Terenure College have been going through a rocky period with only one win since these teams last met. It’s a run that has seen them drop from 2nd place to just above the relegation dogfight in 7th place and they will not want to be drawn in at this stage of the season.
UCD’s form has not been outstanding either over that period but they have clocked up three wins from the six games despite continuing to ship quite a few points.
It’ll probably be closer than the form book indicates but I expect UCD to edge a high scoring game.
Ballynahinch (27%) v Dublin University (27%)
Previous meeting. Dublin University 34 Ballynahinch 35 (Week 6)
This is likely the first of several relegation dogfights for this pair and it may be that their only saving grace is the spiralling form of UCC.
However, both will fancy their chances of winning this one but know that they are equally likely to lose in what promises to be a high scoring game. Both teams have regard their defence as an optional extra at times.
Hinch are missing two players to the U20’s and Dublin University are missing four and that, combined with home advantage, might be enough to see Hinch make a rare excursion out of the bottom two after this weekend.
Clontarf (47%) v Garryowen (87%)
Previous meeting. Garryowen 13 Clontarf 10 (Week 6)
Clontarf have hit a little bump in the road in recent weeks with only one win from the last three but they have picked up three try bonus wins and three losing bonus points in their last six games.
Garryowen, are the form team in the league at present with three wins from their last three and are just behind Cok Constitution with four wins from their last five. They have also shipped the second least number of points in the league.
Clontarf will be looking to get back into the top four after dropping out last week and it’s conceivable that this bit of extra drive and home advantage could give them the win but I suspect that Garryowen will hold out and record a narrow win.
Young Munster (60%) v Lansdowne (80%)
Previous meeting. Lansdowne 0 Young Munster 7. (Week 6)
Their last meeting was Young Munster’s first win this season after going five games without success. Since then they have gone on to record four more wins from six games, steadily climbing the table.
However their last meeting was Lansdown’s last defeat and they have gone on to win their last six and climb into the top four as one of the form sides.
You would have to put Lansdowne down as favourites for this one but I suspect that home advantage will give Young Munster the edge to continue their upward trajectory.