Table toppers Terenure College and Galwegians both suffered surprise defeats in the Ulster Bank League today, as UCD ran five tries past 'Nure at Lakelands Park and Dublin University's impressive unbeaten run continued against 'Wegians at College Park.
Ireland Under-20 international Max Abbott scored the only try of the game as Cork Constitution defeated Dolphin 17-6 at Temple Hill tonight, while Garryowen bagged a bonus point in their 34-17 triumph over Shannon at Thomond Park.
Ulster are fast becoming a bogey team for the Ospreys who have suffered five defeats in six games against the province. Neil Doak's men are back in Wales this week, determined to bounce back from last Saturday's disappointing Champions Cup result in Llanelli.
All roads lead to Temple Hill tonight for another mouth-watering Friday Night Lights derby encounter as Cork Constitution host Dolphin in Division 1A. The round wraps up on Saturday with table-topping Terenure College entertaining a lively UCD side.
It is a big night in Ulster Bank League Division 1B as Limerick giants Shannon and Garryowen go head to head at Thomond Park, while Saturday's headline act is the capital clash of fourth-placed Dublin University and current leaders Galwegians.
Leinster and Connacht collide in a tasty pre-Christmas interprovincial cracker, with the hosts looking to avenge their defeat from earlier in the season and the westerners aiming to win in Dublin for the first time in 12 years.
Ulster head coach Neil Doak has made two changes to the team that lost narrowly to the Scarlets as the province return to GUINNESS PRO12 action away to the Ospreys on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.15pm).