Ballymena make it four in a row as late tries seal win
The pattern continued over the weekend with Ballymena winning for the fourth consecutive time and Belfast Harlequins and Ballynahinch coming away with the same number of straight defeats.
So, while the Braidmen still sit in second in Division 1B, Quins are down the other end - ninth out of 10 only by dint of a slightly superior points differential - while up in 1A, Hinch are rather more firmly rotted to the bottom. At Deramore, Quins were completely undone by Buccaneers who won 38-20 and managed to pocket a winning bonus point for scoring four tries, their full-back Callum Boland getting the score with just five minutes left to play.
For Quins, it was another damaging reverse and apart from some of their set-piece work there was little to take from their afternoon's grafting.
Trailing 17-3 at the turnaround - they had even managed to get hooker Paul Jackson sin-binned early on - the home side did regroup to score three tries in the second half, when flanker Frank Taggart (pictured) and winger Peter Dunlop got over ahead of a very late penalty try, but it really was too little, too late.
At the other end of the division, Ballymena only came away from Shannon 22-19 ahead after late tries from Ciaran Joyce and Conor Smyth engineered their rescue act down in Limerick.
Ballynahinch's woes continued in Division 1A as they lost 34-24 to Old Belvedere with a particularly cruel twist also seeing them also let a losing bonus point go at the death.
Lorcan Dow scored twice for Hinch while Aaron Cairns also crossed on another miserable afternoon for the Co Down side.