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Bonus-point victory helps Bann extend lead at top

By Staff Reporter

Only Division 2 teams were involved in the All Ireland League programme over the weekend and only four of the scheduled 10 fixtures were played due to the atrocious weather conditions across the country.

In 2A Banbridge and Malone, who won their reverse fixtures last Saturday, again recorded victories but this time more convincing against Queen's 38-7 and Skerries 26-7 respectively.

At the top of the table Bann widened the gap over their Gibson Park rivals to three points with five tries and a bonus point - their third successive maximum haul - against the students.

Delighted Banbridge coach Daniel Soper said: "We were strong at the breakdown and showed some great decision making and skill to secure the bonus point by the half-time whistle.

"The players have worked exceptionally hard and sitting at the top of the table at Christmas is just reward for all of their endeavours.

"No 8 Stephen Irvine, second row Kallan Martin, scrum half Josh Cromie and Adam Doherty all performed well and now we have a couple of weeks to recharge our batteries," the coach added.

Only two fixtures were fulfilled in 2B and in one Dungannon lost at Sundays Well 9-6.

Both the All Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals involving Instonians, Clogher Valley and Bangor were also postponed.

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