It was hardly surprising that the weather made a substantial intervention on the weekend’s games and Division Two was particularly badly hit as half of the scheduled eight clashes ended up being called off.
For those games that did go ahead, there was precious little comfort to be had for Ulster clubs with Dungannon’s bid for a fourth consecutive league win in Division 1B coming undone at Bruff while, in Division Two, Queen’s University were the only Ulster side on show to actually win with both Belfast Harlequins and Malone shipping defeats.
A Glen Telford try along with a Paddy Jackson conversion and penalty was all ’Gannon registered as they lost 21-10 to Bruff, the result allowing the Munster side to take third place in the table from Justin Fitzpatrick’s squad who have now slipped to fourth.
In Division Two, the weather directly affected Ballynahinch’s trip to DLSP and Ballymena’s match at Old Wesley both of which succumbed to postponements, though ‘Hinch remain top of the table.
Elsewhere, Belfast Harlequins may have wished that the weather had also prevented their game from proceeding at Deramore as a performance riddled with ill discipline saw the home side fall to their third defeat in six games when they were well beaten 31-12 by Midleton.
Quins’ cause was undermined by three yellow cards being handed out in the opening 40 minutes with Alaistair Heatlie, Robert Logan and Mark Kettyle being sinbinned; a situation that left Quins having to deal with a period then they had only 13 men on the field.
The inevitable outcome was Midleton’s 17-0 half-time lead and despite second-half tries from Logan and Willie Stewart, it was never enough to deny the visitors.
At the Dub, Queen’s University inflicted only the second defeat on Bective Rangers that the Dublin side have experienced this campaign when they prevailed 13-11.
A try from David McIlwaine along with a conversion and penalty from Chris Quinn gave the students a 10-3 lead at the break and although Bective came back to actually lead 11-10, a late penalty from Quinn won it for Queen’s.
Malone were also at home, but Terenure College proved too strong and ran in 29-16 winners with Josh Pentland scoring 11 points of Malone’s final total.