The Kukri Ulster Championship has been underway for a couple of weeks but it has still to settle down. I think this would be a much better competition without that Conference interference, but what do I know!
In Division 1, newly promoted Grosvenor have made the best of starts with bonus point wins against CIYMS and Portadown but last seasons promotion challengers Ballyclare are up there with them after wins against CIYMS and Enniskillen. Last years champions, Instonians have a bit to make up after a loss to Dromore in their first outing and Dromore look as if they will be challenging this season after an excellent start to their season.
We’ll have a look at Ballyclare tomorrow in thier match against Portadown.
Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1 Standings
Champions – Instonians
Relegated to D2 – Clogher Valley
Promoted to D2 – Grosvenor
Randalstown will be looking to be the dominant side in Division 2 following the promotion of Grosvenor though a rejuvenated Limavady, who finished the season in good form after a poor start, look to be challenging at the top after two bonus point wins in their first two outings. Relegated Clogher Valley also look to be challenging for an immediate return to the top division.
However we’ll be covering UUC against Larne tomorrow with both teams looking to kick start their season after opening game losses.
Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 2 Standings
Promoted to D1 – Grosvenor
Relegated from D1 – Clogher Valley
Promoted from D3 – Lurgan
Relegated to D3 – PSNI
Monaghan, Donaghadee and Holywood have set the early pace in Division 3 though BHSFP and Strabane also look to be in the running in what should be a highly competitive league this season.
However, Dee tracked the eventual champions Lurgan all the way last season so they might just have too much staying power for the others this season.
Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 3 Standings
Promoted to D2 – Lurgan
Relegated from D2 – PSNI
Relegated from Championship – Donegal Town
Promoted to Championship – Ophir