Instonians grab top spot as Queen’s run riot
It was a great day for Ulster clubs in Division Three with five winning and Ards only narrowly failing to make it clean sweep as they lost by a point at home to Wanderers.
Instonians went to the top of the league with a third consecutive win, Queen’s ran in 11 tries in a 71-0 mauling of Connemara at the Dub, Portadown made it two in a row and there were first wins of the season for Rainey and Banbridge.
Inst ran out 19-3 winners against Barnhall at Shaw’s Bridge and coach Clem Boyd is delighted with the progress his young side are making.
“It could have been a bigger winning margin but we spurned a couple of chances. We played into the wind in the first half and trailed 3-0 at half time,” said Boyd.
“In the second half we played well, we coped well up front, our line-out and rolling maul was good and we also brought down our penalty count which helped.
“We have to go to Connemara on Saturday and then we have a big game against Midleton at home,” added the former Ulster prop.
Out half Rory McCann was the star of the show for Inst as he controlled the second half after Leo Cullen’s drop goal gave the Dubliners the lead.
McCann, an Irish A cricket international, scored three penalties, a drop goal and converted David Bradford’s try.
Flying winger Chris Quinn scored four of Queen’s 11 tries as the students moved to within three points of their Belfast neighbours at the summit.
Queen’s had the bonus point sealed before the break with Paddy McGowan, David McIlwane, Michael Pyper and Paul Karayiannis going over.
Matthew Arneill, James McKinney and McIlwane added to Queen’s scores after the break with Ian Porter converting eight of the tries.
Portadown rallied from being 10-0 down to score 15 unanswered points at Naas.
Stuart Douglas started the fight back with a try. Tom Overy went over for a converted score and Dave Whitten dropped a goal.
There was relief at Hatrick Park as Rainey came from behind to beat Suttonians 23-10.
Gary Coleman and Gareth Martin scored the tries for the Old Boys.
Banbridge took maximum points from their trip to bottom of the table Co Carlow. The Rifle Park side ran in four tries for a 30-12 win.
Ards were denied a first win going down 13-12 to Wanderers at Hamilton Park.