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Old Wesley battle to retain unbeaten record

By Ronnie Ingram

Old Wesley remain the only other undefeated team in the AIL apart from Terenure in 1A after extinguishing a spirited Queen's fightback at Donnybrook to run out 31-21 winners.

"The weather was appalling and they adapted better to it," commented Queen's Director of Rugby, Robbie Moore.

"I wouldn't say they were any more skilful but they were much bigger and older and a lot craftier than us.

"Our heads never dropped but we left it too late to catch up. Each team scored three tries so the four penalties we conceded made all the difference."

Their tries came from Conor Shiels, Josh Atkinson and substitute Scott Finlay while Justin Rea converted them all.

Meanwhile, a missed conversion right at the end allowed Dungannon to record their second successive win, 17-16 against UCC and it was just as well as they are still only two points above bottom of the table Rainey.

James McMahon again made his presence felt with two tries which brings his total to five in two weeks after being on the pitch for a total of 105 minutes.

The Dungannon pack was dominant but after building up a 14-8 interval advantage they were under extreme pressure towards the close which led to the UCC try two minutes into injury time.

2A results: City of Derry 26 Banbridge 23, Barnhall 30 Rainey 20. 2B: Armagh 12 Highfield 16, Kanturk 45 Ards 12.

While Ballynahinch, Ballymena and Belfast Harlequins were all suffering defeats in the AIL, their second strings fared no better as they were all eliminated from the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup.

The home team in all four quarter-finals qualified and the biggest upset was the defeat of the holders Ballynahinch II, who crashed 18-13 to Omagh.

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