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Ballynahinch claim real scalp but Harlequins face uphill battle

By Michael Sadlier

There could be little in the way of challenging the weekend's stand-out result and Ballynahinch's triumph over Terenure College, in Division 1A, took all the plaudits even though, down in 1B, Ballymena impressively turned Buccaneers over at Dubarry Park.

Indeed, in gaining their hard-earned 14-10 victory over Terenure - a result Hinch needed after their recent indifferent run - the Co Down club notably became only the second side to get one over on the Division 1A leaders.

Centre Richard Reaney scored all Hinch's points through an intercept try and three penalties in a game that hung in the balance throughout, though Hinch thoroughly deserved their four points.

For all their efforts, though, Hinch - who play Malone in this week's Senior Cup final - stay seventh in the table but now with a better buffer between them and the division's basement area.

"It was a wee bit backs-to-the-wall for us in that we also had a few guys missing (for Ulster Ravens) but none of that takes away from our performance and we deserved the victory," a delighted Hinch coach Derek Suffern said afterwards of a game played in difficult conditions.

"In the second half, we played really well into a really strong wind. We defended superbly and our work-rate was phenomenal," he added.

While Hinch celebrated taking such a notable scalp, down in Division 1B, matters are looking increasingly bleak for Belfast Harlequins, who are now looking in real danger as they are now seven points adrift at the bottom of the table after falling 27-13 to Dublin University at Deramore.

Trailing 10-5 at half-time, Quins - who have been devastated by injuries to their backline - could not stay with the students who finished the stronger and ultimately scored four tries for maximum points while the home side saw Mark Glover and David McMaster cross the line with Johnny Holmes managing a solitary penalty.

Elsewhere, Ballymena saw off Buccaneers 23-8 with Ulster player Mike McComish getting one of the Braidmen's three tries while Richie McMaster converted one and landed two penalties for the second-placed side.

In Limerick, Malone fell to a narrow defeat as Shannon prevailed 12-10 with Neil Burns getting the only try and Josh Pentland the conversion and a penalty.

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