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Bann hoping points will flow in QUB derby

By Michael Sadler

Published 24/09/2016

Galway clash: Andrew Gillespie needs Quins to deliver
Galway clash: Andrew Gillespie needs Quins to deliver

It's Ulster derby time in Division 2A as Banbridge head to Queen's University with Dan Soper's squad aiming to emulate last weekend's opening performance when they thrashed Sunday's Well 41-12 at Rifle Park.

Bann currently sit top after just one round and Soper is hoping for a repeat of last season's encounters when his side took 10 points from their two meetings with the students.

Former Ulster player Ian Porter returns to face Queen's who took a losing bonus point from their trip to Highfield.

Elsewhere in 2A, Malone will be looking for two wins from two when they host Highfield.

Belfast Harlequins go in search of their first success when they make the trip to Galway Corinthians - who also lost last week - and coach Andrew Gillespie is looking for a significant improvement after his squad failed to take a losing bonus point against Nenagh.

"It's a big challenge but we know we are capable of scoring points," said Gillespie who welcomes back Rory Blake-Knox at out-half.

In 2B, Armagh host City of Derry with Brian McLaughlin's side eager to repeat their bonus point win at Bective last weekend while Dungannon are at Skerries.

In 2C, Bangor head to Navan with some confidence after grabbing a late losing bonus point against Rainey.

David Caughey comes into the second row for Bangor as David Bradford shifts to the back row due to Curtis Stewart's injury.

"We were happy with the losing bonus point against a big Rainey pack and if we fix our set-piece I think we can be a real danger," said director of rugby Danny Curran.

Elsewhere, Rainey, boosted by their bonus point win over Bangor, host Boyne.

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