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Pritchard going extra mile for Hinch

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 21/11/2015

Battling on: Paul Pritchard will play despite a split eyelid
Battling on: Paul Pritchard will play despite a split eyelid

After 100 minutes of play last Saturday, Ballynahinch and Belfast Harlequins couldn't be separated at 5-5 in the semi-final of the First Trust Senior Cup so they meet again this afternoon when Hinch have the advantage at Ballymacarn Park.

Hinch Director of Rugby Richard Hart said: "We lost our captain and open side flanker Paul Pritchard with a split eyelid in the first period of extra time but he will be strapped up and ready to play.

"We expect to field the same team as Ulster have again deprived us of some players. Quins are in the same position and we expect another close contest, although home advantage means a lot to us with a large encouraging crowd expected."

There has to be a result this time, even after extra time. If they are still level then there will be a count back, taking into consideration which team scored the first try. If the tie ends scoreless then the players will participate in a penalty shoot-out.

Meanwhile, City of Derry start their UCL 1 campaign with a difficult home fixture against Malone but like their opponents they will also be thinking of the next three weeks when the AIL resumes with a game at Seapoint before back-to-back games against Rainey.

Director of Rugby Moss Dineen said: "Winger Neil Brown is out with a shoulder injury but hopefully will be fit for the trip to Killiney while prop Chris Shields will be out for some time with knee problems."

The other UCL games today are Armagh against Ballymena in Division One and Dungannon will play host to Queen's in Division Two.

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