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Belfast Harlequins undermined by ill-discipline

AIL Division Two A, B and C

By Michael Sadlier

Published 03/10/2016

Unhappy: Andrew Gillespie was disappointed by the loss
Unhappy: Andrew Gillespie was disappointed by the loss

The conditions for running rugby were ideal, but the fare served up at Deramore was decidedly low-brow as Belfast Harlequins slumped to an 8-0 defeat to Sunday's Well in Division 2A.

Quins had more than enough opportunity to win and avoid what turned out to be their second defeat in three games, both those reverses being at home too.

Poor discipline, decision-making and execution all contributed to Quins' undoing and two first half yellow cards - to winger Mark McFall and prop Peter Cooper - didn't help though they did hold their line when having to play four minutes with 13 men.

They conceded the only try of the game during McFall's absence and then trailing 8-0 at the break neither team scored again.

"Discipline is the thing that cost us and I'm so disappointed with it," said Quins coach Andrew Gillespie.

Banbridge went top in 2A after their 38-15 win over Blackrock at Rifle Park. And on Friday night Queen's University beat Malone 40-10.

In 2B, leaders Armagh went three wins from three by giving Dungannon their first taste of defeat (18-9) at Stevenson Park, while City of Derry drew 13-13 with Thomond.

In 2C, Rainey are out on their own after taking maximum points from their three games, Midleton being beaten 24-17 in Cork while Bangor defeated Boyne 33-19.

Div 2A: QUB 40 Malone 10 (Fri), Banbridge 38 Blackrock 15, B Harlequins 0 Sunday's Well 8, Cashel 15 Corinthians 38, Highfield 16 Nenagh 16.

Div 2B: Bective 6 Greystones 20, Derry 13 Thomond 13, Dungannon 9 Armagh 18, Barnhall 27 Skerries 24, O Crescent 24 Wanderers 16.

Div 2C: Navan 10 T'more 17 (Fri), Bangor 33 Boyne 19, Midleton 17 Rainey 24, Seapoint 31 Bruff 10, Sligo 30 Kanturk 8

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