Malone cruised through to the third round of the AIB Cup with a try fest against a weakened Queen’s side at Gibson Park.
The 69-7 win included 11 tries and sets up a trip to Cork for a clash with Dolphin in the next round.
Malone skipper Gareth Fry was happy with the result and believes it will stand the side in good stead for the visit of Greystones as the All Ireland League kicks of on Saturday.
“We were scrappy in the first half but put in a strong second half, when we got quality ball we used it well,” stated Fry.
Malone narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season and enjoyed a good cup run and Fry feels there is no reason why the Gibson Park club can’t challenge on both fronts this term.
“We’re building up momentum and we had a couple of contracted players back which gave us a bit more shape.
“We did very well in the Cup last year, it’s hard travelling but we have got used to it in the All Ireland League and going to Dolphin we give us the chance to try out the squad,” concluded Fry.
Malone led 38-0 at the break with tries from David Heron, Steven Auld, Thomas Horner, two from Kenny Calladine and one from Johnny Brugess.
John Anderson touched down twice after the break while Michael Barker, Johnny Amos and Mark McCrea got one apiece with Ben Kennedy getting the students’ sole reply.
Belfast Harlequins came back from a half time deficit to beat Banbridge 30-9.
Andrew Gillespie, Chris McCarey, Neil McComb and Robert Logan scored the tries for the Deramore club and they face a trip to Young Munster in the next round.
Rainey avenged their league defeat by Instonians with a 28-17 win at Shaw’s Bridge.
Simon Hawe, Michael Wilson, Gareth Martin and James McBride scored to set up a home clash with UCD.
Portadown won 29-16 at Waterpark, Ards accounted for Suttonians 34-10 at Hamilton Park and Ballynahinch ran in seven tries during their 41-20 victory at Naas.