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Banbridge chase derby glory at expense of Harlequins

By Michael Sadler

Published 29/10/2016

On the up: Dan Soper has his Banbridge side in good form
On the up: Dan Soper has his Banbridge side in good form

It's Ulster derby time again in Division 2A with both sides coming into this with contrasting fortunes as unbeaten leaders Banbridge host Belfast Harlequins who are currently one off the bottom in ninth.

This will be Bann's third derby clash in their five AIL games and, so far, Dan Soper's men have gathered up six points from their local rivals through an opening draw at Queen's University and a narrow enough win at Malone.

Bann will still be without out-half Andrew McGrath so McCauley Little is at 10. Quins should have the recently arrived South African forward Joe Rooyakkers on board.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Queen's University host Corinthians and Malone, in eighth, meet high-flying Nenagh Ormond at Gibson Park.

In 2B, unbeaten leaders Armagh are at Skerries while third-placed Dungannon host Greystones who are a place above them. Bottom side City of Derry entertain Wanderers.

Bangor, in Division 2C's sixth spot, are hoping to bounce back from last weekend's heavy defeat at Tullamore when they host third-placed Midleton.

However, the seasiders will be without inspirational player-coach Jason Morgan with Ross McCloskey moving to 10.

They will, though, have Lewis Sampson back along with forwards Jamie Clegg, James Leary and David Bradford.

Leaders Rainey travel to Sligo.

Div 2A: Banbridge v Belfast Harlequins, Cashel v Blackrock, Malone v Nenagh, QUB v Corinthians

Div 2B: Derry v Wanderers, Dungannon v Greystones, Barnhall v Thomond, Old Crescent v Bective, Skerries v Armagh

Div 2C: Seapoint v Boyne, Bangor v Midleton, Navan v Bruff, Sligo v Rainey, Tullamore v Kanturk

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