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Relentless Quins survive Rainey fightback to make sure of third place

Belfast Harlequins 19-12 Rainey

By Ronnie Ingram

Belfast Harlequins took a 19-0 interval advantage and looked to be heading for an easy Ulster Challenge League 2 victory but the visitors fought back to earn a bonus point at Deramore Park.

Quins certainly dominated the first half with tries from David McMaster, Conal Boomer and Peter Dunlop for Adam White to convert two. The half time talk that Rainey coach John Andrews gave his young team worked wonders as they put up sterner resistance against their more senior opponents and ran in a couple of scores.

The best try came after a number of phases before full-back Aidan Pitman dived over in the corner. Prop forward Aidan McSwiggan added the second and Scott McLean had a conversion.

Quins finish the competition in third place with Banbridge and Dungannon level at the top. Bann need only a bonus point at home to Rainey in the final game to clinch the title.

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