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Queen's have learnt lesson, but still fall short

By Ronnie Ingram

At Christmas Queen's were lying in third place in the AIL 2A with 27 points from eight games, but in their last five outings they have only managed one win and a total of eight points.

The students have been badly hit by injuries and the disruption caused by some of their players gaining Representative honours.

This caused a lapse in form culminating in a disastrous visit to City of Derry last Saturday when they lost 43-0.

"There was a big improvement this week when Blackrock only defeated us 28-26, but that wouldn't be hard," said their Director of Rugby Robbie Moore.

"We took a 26-10 halftime lead that wasn't enough as Blackrock came back with 18 second half points to claim a bonus point."

Justin Rea kicked four penalties and converted both tries from Connor Shiels and Eoin Devlin for the students.

City of Derry suffered a setback in their hopes of a top 10 finish, losing 25-3 at Cashel.

Banbridge were the only Ulster team to win in the Division with a 53-9 victory over bottom of the table Bective. Rainey lost at Thomond 39-10 and Dungannon lost 2-08 to Barnhall.

In 2B Armagh won 27-5 at Sligo 27-5 while Ards lost at Tullamore 60-10.

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