Heineken Cup and Plate survivors negotiate another cull this weekend, Loughrea and Carrick the ones to watch. 

Loughrea, the only non-premier semi-finalist in the headline competition, meet Ballina. And while Loughrea plays host this weekend, it may offer cold comfort given Ballina may well be as happy to go on the road. Ballina, confined to the sticky conditions of the weather-beaten far north now since Christmas, are chomping at the bit to throw a ball about a pitch more-resembling a billiard table than a peat bog.

Carrick-on-Shannon, in the Plate, have a tough ask at Corinthian Park against a division one entry denied much luck this winter. Drawn against nearby neighbours Galwegians in round one, Corinthians made an ignominious exit from Heineken Connacht Junior Cup shortly after they entered it, and have a sizeable point to prove. While the N17ers will be wearing their traditional strip on the weekend, they may not be the only ones black and blue come full time.

All Cup and Plate games play out this weekend, except Corrib and Dunmore (4 March), while Corrib ticks off an outstanding league fixture.

They are as follows: 

Loughrea v Ballina, 3pm, Loughrea.  Galwegians v Monivea, 3pm, Glenina/Galway.

Ballinasloe v Gort, 3pm, Ballinasloe.  Tuam v Sligo, 3pm, Tuam RFC.  Corinthians v Carrick-on-Shannon, 3pm, Cloonacauneen/Galway.



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