Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Champions Queen’s clinch title in style

Queen’s coronation as Division Three champions was confirmed with a bonus point 34-13 win over Sunday’s Well at the Dub.

The students were made to work hard by a big, physical Cork side but Queen’s scored six tries to take their season’s points to over 500 and director of rugby Robbie Moore was delighted to finish top with a game to spare.

“We were denied the game we wanted to play and we haven’t played anybody as physical as that in a number of weeks, but the result was what we wanted and we’re champions,” said Moore.

“You can’t complain if you get six tries and that number of points.”

Queen’s laboured to a 19-10 half time lead with tries from Jonny Shiels, David McIlwane and Michael Hooks.

The game turned when home winger Stuart Campbell ran the length of the pitch to score an intercept try and Queen’s wrapped the game up with two McIlwaine tries in the final seven minutes.

Portadown will need a 61-point swing on the final day of the season if they are to avoid a play off to preserve their senior status.

Hika Reid’s men suffered a heart- breaking 16-14 defeat at Navan when they were denied by a late drop goal.

The Ports face already relegated Co Carlow at Chambers Park and the Leinster side have conceded 382 points.

However, points difference will be academic if Naas get anything against Connemara.

Midleton will join Queen’s in Division Two next season as their promotion was confirmed with a 13-5 home win over Banbridge.

The Rifle Park club remain fourth and will reach the playoffs with a home victory over Navan in their final game.

Instonians’ lingering hopes of a playoff place ended with a 16-10 defeat by Wanderers but Clem Boyd’s men do have a Senior Cup semi final to look forward to.

Michael Lawton scored 29 points as Ards routed Suttonians 44-11 at Hamilton Park while Rainey went down 11-3 at Nenagh.

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