Rugby: Wesley maintain their push for promotion to Div 1A

by Aaron Dunne
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St Mary’s and Dublin University will have to register final-day wins if they are to secure semi-final places in their respective Energia All-Ireland League divisions.

St Mary’s are two points off the top four going into the last round of Division 1B fixtures while Dublin University trail fourth placed Cork Constitution by the same number of points in Division 1A.

Old Wesley put Mary’s in the final day predicament and ensured they are the only Dublin club currently in line for promotion with a 22-15 victory over their capital city counterparts on Sunday.

Prop Cronan Gleeson, backrower Reuben Pim and Tommy O’Callaghan all crossed the whitewash, with Ian Cassidy accounting for the kicked points in a come-from-behind win for the side with serious 1A aspirations.

Mary’s did push Wesley close thanks to scores from Conor Dean and Hugo Conway but couldn’t secure result needed to leave their final four faith in their own hands with just one game remaining.

Mary’s now need to better Naas’s result this weekend to secure a top fourth slot and an away semi-final against last weekend’s opponents Old Wesley.

The top four of the top division is Dublin dominated with Clontarf, Terenure College and Lansdowne all assured of Division 1A semi final places. 

Dublin University could join them if Lansdowne do them a final day favour and beat Cork Con and they secure victory away to Garryowen on the same weekend.

Table toppers Clontarf cemented their status as the team to beat by scoring over 40 points against Ballynahinch and have the luxury of resting players if needs be in their last league clash.

The Hawkshaw brothers, David, Daniel and Jimmy, made it a day to remember at Castle Avenue for their family as they each scored tries in a 40-14 bonus point triumph over Galway opposition.

Terenure zoomed past Lansdowne on the penultimate lap, improving from third to second with a 42-30 victory over their Dublin rivals.

Colm de Buitléar scoring two tries and Caolan Dooley tallying up 20 as Terenure moved into home semi-final pole position.

The Dublin sides are set to play again in the final four but who will have home advantage for the crucial clash will depend on who has the more successful final day this weekend coming. 

Caption: Tommy O’Callaghan (far left) races in for Old Wesley’s final try, much to the approval of the home team support. Photo: Ken Richardson

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