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By Niall Crozier

Queen's were a try down in the first few minutes but rallied for a 27-22 AIL Div 2A win against Highfield at Upper Malone where both teams earned bonus points.

Ballymena and City of Derry also recorded victories but Banbridge and Rainey both lost.

Robbie Moore, the Queen's Director of Rugby, hailed some good individual performances but lamented a lack of finish.

"After the early setback we completely dominated the first half and were 22-7 ahead at half-time but should have scored at least 40," he said.

"Then we allowed them to come back at us to 22-14. We scored our fourth try before a very late Mike Flynn penalty gave them a losing bonus point".

Queen's tries came from Michael McAuley (2), Stuart McIlwaine and Chris Colvin for Ritchie McMaster to convert two and add a penalty.

Following their relegation last year Ballymena bounced back with a warranted win against Galwegians, 37-14. Tim Small, back from Australia, scored a great individual try as well as kicking a penalty and two conversions.

In the bonus point victory Mike Entwhistle, Brian Young, Conor Smith, Jordan Foster and Callum Patterson also had tries.

Rainey, undefeated in 2B last year, now realise the standard is a lot higher in 2A after their 42-21 defeat at City of Derry.

The home team posted five tries including two from Richard Baird while out-half Richard McCarter contributed 17 points with three penalties and four conversions. Ryan Campbell, David Houston and Chris Barber were also on the scoresheet.

Rainey's Mark O'Connor was accurate with all three conversions to tries by Andrew Campbell (2) and Colin Mitchell.

Banbridge led Cashel 13-3 at the interval but conceding penalties and having yellow cards shown against them led to a 26-13 defeat.

Ian Porter kicked two penalties and goaled a Miles O'Hagan try but Cashel accumulated most of their points when Bann had only 14 players on the pitch.

In 2B, there were successes for Ards and Armagh but Instonians, away from home, were outplayed. An injury time Paul Cox penalty gave Ards a deserved 28-27 win over Suttonians at Hamilton Park, where both teams earned bonus points.

Instonians lost 43-3 against a well balanced Skerries side that scored seven tries. Gareth Lawlor kicked the Instonians penalty.

In the other game, Armagh ran in tries from Johnny Martin, James Morton and Stuart Lester in their 23-17 home victory against DLSP. Richard Reaney converted one and added two penalties.

RESULTS: 2A: Queen's 27 Highfield 22, Ballymena 37 Galwegians 14, Cashel 26 Banbridge 13, City of Derry 42 Rainey 21, Bruff 13 Barnhall 33, Old Wesley 54 Old Crescent 15, Seapoint 27 Bective 24, UCC 22 Naas 28

2B:: Ards 28 Suttonians 27, Armagh 23 DLSP 17, Skerries 43 Instonians 3, Boyne 22 Richmond 15, Greystones 30 Tullamore 36, Navan 13 Sligo 9, Nenagh/Ormond 34 Midleton 17, Thomond 35 Sunday's Well 14.

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