Buccs Home Malone

Buccaneers are home to Malone in the All-Ireland League Division 1B at Dubarry Park on Saturday with the action kicking off at 2.30 p.m.

The Belfast club have won three of their opening four fixtures to move up to second place in the league table. Malone bounced back from a heavy defeat at City of Armagh to overcome Old Belvedere 39-8 last Saturday when their local hero Chris Henry returned to active duty after injury.

Buccs secured a bonus point through their late three try salvo at Ballynahinch but they were decidedly unlucky with a trio of injuries when the game was in the balance. Ballynahinch and Buccaneers served up a feast of scores with Ballynahhich coming out on top by 42-31.

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In a fluctuating contest, the exchanges were fairly even for the opening quarter but, bizarrely, Buccs then suffered a triple setback on the half-hour mark when they lost three forwards to injury. Ballynahinch took control in the third quarter to build up a 42-10 lead before the Pirates late rally salvaged a try-scoring bonus point.

Buccaneers head coach Peter O’Donnell says he’s happy his side picked up a bonus point for their efforts in the game.

He understands the challenge Malone will be.

O’Donnell outlines its a very competitive division.