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Grattan's treble helps Hinch home

By Ronnie Ingram

Three tries by centre Jordan Grattan helped Ballynahinch to a 45-21 SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership victory over Dungannon but the victory was not so convincing as the scoreline would suggest at Stevenson Park.

The home team were rather unfortunate that a couple of refereeing decisions went against them and they trailed 26-11 at the interval. Later they should have capitalised when penalties were awarded after indiscipline crept into the visitor's game.

James McBriar put Hinch in front with a try after eight minutes before Jake Finlay reduced the arrears with a penalty.

Against the run of play Hinch out-half Ross Carlisle scored for Justin Rea to goal and then Finlay kicked his second penalty.

On the half-hour Dungannon's Seamus Mallon sped over to reduce the arrears to one point but Hinch countered with Grattan tries in the 33rd and 40th minutes and both were converted.

The first came after a off-load by Carlisle and then the centre was quick to take advantage when a home move broke down.

Hinch prop Stuart Orr scored tries in the 50th and 65th minutes before a short penalty led to Grattan running in for his third. Chris Quinn took over the kicking duties with the conversion and Hinch were 43-11 ahead. Dungannon charged back with late tries from winger Andrew Mills and full-back Paul Armstrong.

Hinch claimed a try bonus point as did the champions Ballymena at City of Derry 59-14 and Malone against Belfast Harlequins 29-5.

In the other game Scott McLean accumulated 21 points in Rainey's 31-17 victory at Queen's.

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