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Inst must claim bonus to preserve promotion hopes

JUNIOR RUGBY: To keep their hopes of returning to the AIL alive, Instonians must come away from Connemara with a bonus-point win this afternoon and hope that Dundalk fail to gain anything in their home game against Clonmel.

Connemara were defeated 40-0 by Clonmel so the big ask is for the Munster side to beat the Irish Junior Cup champions. Should that happen, the final game between Instonians and Clonmel at Shaw's Bridge next week will be the decider as only one team is promoted.

Inst Director of Rugby Ken Keane is still optimistic. He said: "I feel we should have beaten Dundalk but the losing bonus point could be vital."

Undefeated Malone V have already defeated Ballymoney IV twice in Minor East 1 - 61-10 at the start of the season and then 17-5 - so start favourites to win the McCambley Cup at Kingspan.

Although the north Antrim team's league record is unconvincing, they have been a different outfit in the Cup - beating Ballynahinch VII 21-13 and Limavady III 41-0.

The Butler Shield final at Larne is between Armoy and Donaghadee III.

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