Malone coach Jarleth Carey will be hoping he can dent his former club Belfast Harlequins’ title ambitions in the First Trust Ulster Senior League derby at Gibson Park tomorrow (1pm).
Carey captained Quins in their All-Ireland League final defeat against Shannon and he’ll want Malone to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat to Dublin University.
Number eight Kenny Calladine and out half Gareth Fry are both missing due to injury while full back Mark McCrea is on Ulster Ravens duty.
Quins are two points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand over second placed Dungannon but Andy Ward’s men have been hit by representative call ups.
It’s third against second at Shaw’s Bridge tonight (7.30pm) as Instonians host Dungannon.
Rainey are unchanged from the side that beat Naas for the clash with Ballymena at Hatrick Park (1pm).
Meanwhile, Banbridge recorded their first win in the First Trust Senior League and earned a bonus point in the process as they won 32-12 at Chambers Park.
Prior to this Bann had only the one bonus point from six outings whereas their opponents had 12 points with three victories.
Bann led 10-6 at the half-way stage with flanker Steve Irvine scoring twice while Craig Woods had two penalties for Portadown.
Alan Gibson converted a Alex Malcolm try before Woods added his fourth penalty but towards the close further scores came from Mike Cromie and Matt Irvine (2). The Irvine Brothers had certainly made their contribution with four tries.