BUCCANEERS and UL Bohemian have a swift renewal of acquaintance when the teams meet at Dubarry Park on Saturday when the Ulster Bank League resumes after the festive break. UL Bohs gave themselves a Division 1B lifeline when scoring three tries in the final quarter to overcome the midlanders on the 4G pitch at Limerick University. But Buccs can only blame themselves for letting another win escape their clutches and they will be surely fired-up and focussed to atone in this RUSSELL BRENNAN KEANE sponsored match which kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Staring defeat in the face, UL Bohs displayed wonderful character and never-say-die spirit, epitomised by their captain Ian Condell to retrieve a bad situation. Rick McKenna, Robbie Bourke and Cian Aherne all did well for the Red Robins who could be boosted by the availability next time of Cathal Sheridan and Kevin O’Byrne. Buccaneers, meanwhile, have been unable to field a settled side in recent outing with no less than 20 enforced personnel changes in their last three AIL fixtures. Connacht’s injury crisis is the main problem here and the Pirates had Kolo Kiripati, Ben Carty, Alan Gaughan and Eoghan O’Reilly added to their own injury list last time out. Hopefully, this quartet will be fit and raring to go as Buccs bid to reboot their league campaign.

There will be a festive season pre-match function for the UL Bohemian match. Cost per person is only €30 for a 3-course dinner with wine, complimentary matchday programme and free admission to the stand. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.

Meanwhile, Buccaneers Seconds will also be striving to get their Connacht Junior 1A League campaign back on track when they head to Moher Road on Sunday. Buccs defeated Ballinasloe in their opening fixture but since then have, like the Senior XV, been very inconsistent. This derby duel will be a tough test of character and purpose but the Pirates can prevail.