Leinster Provincial Towns 2nd Xv Cup
North Kildare v Newbridge
Hard to see an upset coming from North Kildare against the reigning champions who are joint leaders of the J2 leinster league with metro side Wanderers. The hunger to retain the title should keep Newbridge very much on track.
Away by 12
Dundalk v Tullow
The hosts have struggled in the seconds league for Division 1a while the visitors are unbeaten in the seconds league for Division 1b and were last year’s runners up. They’re also most people’s favourites to emerge from the top half of the draw.
Away by 12
Caption: Action from Newbridge’s win over Tullow in last year’s final. Pic: Scoop RFC,
Mullingar v Clondalkin
Hard to see the midlanders upsetting a fairly strong side from Clondalkin, even on home turf. The men in yellow are a side to watch in the top half of the draw.
Away by 8
Midland Warriors 1xv v Gorey
The Warriors from Division 3 will be hoping some promising league form this season will translate into a good cup run. Gorey 2nd xv are playing third tier second league rugby but have been fairly strong. This will be close but the long journey and home teams confidence will work against them.
Home by 7
Co Carlow v Portlaoise
The turnaround in Carlow has probably come too late to revive the fortunes of the J2 side and Portlaoise have been reasonably strong at this level this year.
Away by 3
Kilkenny v Tullamore
While Kilkenny’s first xv have been in flying form this year it hasn’t trickled down and they face a daunting task against a very strong and consistent Tullamore side.
Away by 18
North Meath v Cill Dara
Tough draw for the first xv North Meath but not beyond them either. The 2011 title winners haven’t kicked on from that success and have been up and down in Division 3 this year. Cill Dara’s J1s have dropped back from their very good from last season but in a much tougher Division. The higher standard might help in the cup.
Away by 2
Wicklow v Enniscorthy
Very hard call, Wicklow strong enough in 1b while Enniscorthy have not been completely outclassed in 1a and have scored fairly freely.
Away by 4
Birr 1xv v West Offaly 1xv
Match of the day without question, these two sides are slowly developing a rivalry. They hadn’t me competitively before this season with the Ferbane men having started life in Connacht before moving to Leinster. Birr come in as warm favourites, well ahead of their opponents in league play.
Home by 8
The Draw in Full
Round 2 Draw
A: Ashbourne v Athy
B: Edenderry v Clane
C: Dundalk/Tullow v Mullingar/Clondalkin
D: Midland Warriros 1xv/Gorey v Co Carlow/Portlaoise
E: Kilkenny/Tullamore v North Meath 1xv/Cill Dara
F: Wicklow/Enniscorthy v Birr 1xv/ West Offaly 1xv
G: North Kildare/Newbridge v Portarlington
H: Swords 1xv v Roscrea
Quarter Finals Draw
I: Winner A v Winner B
J: Winner C v Winner D
K: Winner E v Winner F
L: Winner G v Winner H
Semi Final (Neutral Venues)
I v K
K v L