The Women’s All Ireland League resumes this weekend after a week off for all teams. Cooke have an extended break with a bye this weekend.

The full fixture list is below with our review of the games following

Sat 27th Oct 18 17:00 Div 1 Blackrock   v   U.L. Bohemian Stradbrook
Sat 27th Oct 18 16:30 Div 1 Galwegians   v   Railway Union RFC Crowley Park
Sat 27th Oct 18 17:00 Div 1 St Mary’s College   v   Old Belvedere Templeville Road

 

Blackrock v U.L. Bohemian

Bohs travel to Dublin this week to continue their defence of the AIL title. The lean mean red machine will be in high spirits after their seven tries against Galwegians last time out and they will be looking to continue their current run, of two wins from two, against a new look Blackrock.

However, Blackrock will be looking to bounce back after their defeat to Belvo in the last round and in a big double header weekend for both clubs men and women sides, the home team will be wanting to show the form they did at home in their opening match when they put six tries past Galwegians.

Blackrock’s attack has the potential to cause damage to any side this season, however, Bohs have an established habit of getting the win, home or away, year after year, so we predict that the team from Limerick will be travelling home with the points.

Galwegians v Railway Union.

Railway will be looking to solidify their spot at the top of the table after two bonus point wins in their opening two games. The Park Avenue outfit have shown their attacking threat scoring 14 tries already this season, and will be aiming to take that form out west this weekend.

However, Galway can be a painful experience for the visiting sides. Wegians always play their best rugby in Crowley Park and they scored nine tries over St. Mary’s in their only home game this season. The Westies will also be looking to make a statement after their trip to Limerick. 

The FRU predict that this has the potential to be the game of the round. Galwegians powerful pack will look to get them into the right areas of the park to take the points, and Railway will be looking to use their athleticism to attack all areas of the pitch. This will be a close game but we have to back Railway to continue their perfect start to the season so far.

St. Mary’s v Old Belvedere

We have yet another Dublin Derby this week with Old Belvo making the short trip to Templeville Road. The Anglesea Road Aristo’s will be looking to push on after their win against Blackrock and with class and strength all over the park they will be looking to come away with all the points this round.

However, St. Mary’s played well at home last time out against Cooke. Mary’s had the majority of the possession and where playing in the right areas of the park, and more control close to the try line could have seen them on the scoreboard.

Belvo are favourites to win this Dublin Derby. St. Mary’s will be strong in all contact areas, but Belvo’s experience should see them come away with all the points.

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