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Banbridge end good year by crushing Dungannon

Banbridge RFC 50  Dungannon 5

By Staff Reporter

It was an encouraging end of 2015 for Banbridge as not only do they head AIL 2A but have now moved to the top of SONI UCL 2 following a rather one sided 50-5 victory over Dungannon at Rifle Park on Saturday.

They now have a maximum 10 points with the Stevenson Park team one point in arrears but having played an extra game.

Bann dictated the pattern of play throughout and with an abundance of possession opened up a 31-0 interval advantage with five tries.

The pick was the last one when full-back Adam Ervine, who had earlier crossed for the second, took off from around halfway and weaved through the visiting defence.

Earlier open side flanker Ethan Harbinson scored the first early on and speedy winger John Porter had two to his credit. Shandon Scott converted three and later added a further two after the restart.

Seven minutes into the period Mike Bentley dashed in and then Ervine cut through, linked with Porter for Harbinson to go in under the posts.

Dungannon managed a short fightback with a Darren Simpson try but with two minutes remaining a Scott grubber kick through the Dungannon defence allowed Andrew Morrison to touch down for the eighth.

No games were played in SONI UCL 1 due to the cup final on Thursday evening, but the second game in Division 2 was at Upper Malone were Belfast Harlequins gained a rare victory against Queen's by a 27-15 scoreline.

The students had much the superior back line but they struggled to gain enough ball against the dominant visiting back.

They did lead 10-7 at the halfway stage with Joel McBride, son of former Irish international Denis, scoring twice.

His second was the try of the afternoon when he gathered from broken play far out and sprinted in.

Most teams now have a week off but it's back to the AIL in a fortnight.

Banbridge scorers: John Porter (2), Adam Ervine (2), Ethan Harbinson (2), Mike Bentley & Andrew Morrison tries. Shandon Scott 5 cons.

Dungannon scorers: Darren Simpson try

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