Buccaneers return to All-Ireland League action this Saturday with a trip to Templeville Road in Dublin where they square up to St. Mary’s College in a Division 1B game that kicks off at 2.30pm.
Both teams were relegated from division 1A last season, where they inflicted away defeats on each other. There are quite a number of changes in personnel since those encounters, both sides have not yet hit their expected consistency.
Buccs have been a little naive on occasion this term, particularly in their grandstand finish last time out against Malone when a fantastic huge amount of phases warranted a winning score.
The Pirates will be smarting from that setback and intent on righting matters against St. Mary’s. Buccs could be boosted by returns after lengthy injury spells of club captain Shane Layden and Rory Grenham.
St. Mary’s have registered two wins to date, both home victories over Ulster clubs. Prop Tom O’Reilly and hooker Richard Halpin give them a solid foundation in the pack where David Aspil and Ronan Watters are competitive flankers.
Conor Deans, son of Ireland Manager Paul, is likely to man the pivotal out-half slot while Mark Fogarty is a pacey threat on the wing. Craig Kennedy and captain Marcus O’Driscoll could link up in the centre.
This could be a decent contest on Saturday but the midlanders, who won’t be faulted for effort or commitment, must eliminate simple errors and be cuter to prevail.
Buccaneers head coach Peter O’Donnell spoke to Kevin McDermott previewing the game. Take a listen here: