Queen’s beaten but bonus point keeps them ahead of pack
It was a bad day for the Ulster clubs in Division 2A as all four suffered defeats.
Queen’s picked up a losing bonus point in a 22-18 reversal at Bective.
The point means the students are in a four way tie at the top of the table.
Hampered by a weakened front row the students found themselves trailing 22-8 despite a try from winger Chris Colvin and a James McKinney penalty.
Michael McAuley got another try for the students and McKinney earned the bonus point by landing a conversion and a penalty.
Instonians slipped to second bottom in the table following a fourth consecutive defeat.
Old Wesley outscored Inst by five tries to none in their 33-18 victory at Shaws Bridge, with Ian Cassidy (right) among the try scorers. Inst were better than the scoreline suggests but defensive errors at crucial times proved their undoing.
A last minute penalty cost Malone victory at Terenure as they lost 16-15. It was the second consecutive away game that Jacque Benade’s side have lost in the closing stages and the Gibson Park club have slipped to seventh.
City of Derry’s slump continued as they went down to a third straight defeat. The 24-14 loss at Midleton leaves Bevan Lynch’s side third from bottom.
Rainey moved to the top of Division 2B with a bonus point victory over Sunday’s Well at Hatrick Park.
The Old Boys scored five tries in the 36-9 victory.
Tries from David Dawson, Alan Clarke and William Montgomery helped Rainey into a 22-3 lead at half time, but they had to wait until the last 10 minutes to wrap up their bonus point with scrum half Peter Sciascia going over before Simon Hawe added a fifth try.
Banbridge scored four tries in their 25-6 win at Highfield.
Davy Weir, Jonny Little, Andrew Morrison and Brendan Ward crossed for the Bann men to lift them into fourth place.
Armagh climbed to fifth in the table with their second win of the season. Richard Rainey scored 15 points as they overcame Sligo 20-14 at the Palace Grounds.
Elsewhere, injury hit Ards are bottom following a 29-3 home defeat by Barnhall.