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Bann's scoring flows as Gannon hit by red card

By Staff Reporter

Banbridge's annihilation of Dungannon – to the tune of 47-7 – shows the effect a red card can have on a game.

Dungannon were well in the contest but a technical infringement by their hooker Karl Egan resulted in a yellow card and Bann took advantage to take a 15-5 lead.

Unfortunately for the visitors Egan was then involved in an altercation, a mild one admittedly, but the referee decided to reduce Dungannon to 14 players.

From then on it was no contest as Bann ran in a total of eight tries.

"We were really on top against their 14 men," stated Banbridge representative David Dodds.

"We would have liked a harder game before the start of our AIL campaign next Saturday so the red card was rather unfortunate," he added.

Ards were unable to field a team against City of Derry and hope that the fixture will be rearranged.

"This game was brought forward from next May and we were without 38 players (those deemed suitable to play for the firsts which included 10 front row players, 15 second row and back row and 13 backs) for various reasons – injuries, work commitments and holidays," stated Ards PRO Stephen Nutt.

"One of the foremost priorities of Ards RFC is player welfare so there is a duty of care to every player.

"Correspondence from the Ulster Branch has stressed the importance of this and let's hope this is considered when they make the decision as to whether or not to allow this game to be re-scheduled.

"We regret having to do this but Derry have been sympathetic as they were in a very similar situation a couple of seasons ago," he stated.

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