Quins coach Adam Larkin is upbeat after double blow
As the weather did its worst in the second-half, Belfast Harlequins produced a multi-phase attack of such quality it seemed implausible that they are so adrift at the foot of Division 1B.
Quins didn't score from what must have been around 12 phases of possession, but, then again, so many other aspects of what they managed to put together in other parts of their 22-11 defeat to Dublin University showed just why they have now only won once in 13 games.
Too many errors and an inability to play with tactical astuteness cost Quins dearly at Deramore and after missing out on a losing bonus point, further pain then came their way.
Ninth-placed UL Bohemians' win over Blackrock College means that there is an 11-point gap between Quins and the place they need to reach to avoid automatic relegation.
With five games to go, this was the cruellest of blows for Quins coach Adam Larkin to absorb.
"We've just got to take from it what we can," said Larkin. "We mixed it with one of the better teams in the league and we just have to take that forward."
Quins, who never led, accumulated two Ben Sloan penalties in the first-half before Matthew Fisher scored their only try, though they conceded four tries and had two players sin-binned.
Ballymena suffered their second successive defeat when 1B leaders St Mary's College triumphed 15-12 at Eaton Park with the loss ensuring that the Braidmen surrendered second in the table to Dublin University.
And, in 1A, bottom side Ballynahinch's brief revival came to a halt at Ballymacarn Park where Cork Constitution triumphed 38-3, leaving Hinch two behind ninth-placed Terenure.