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Queen's too hot for Dungannon

By Ronnie Ingram

Queen's scrum-half John Russell clinched the man of the match award after his three tries inspired his side to a 27-6 win against Dungannon in the Ulster Senior League on Saturday.

Russell, who has been substituting for the injured Conor Spence, has progressed significantly over the past few months.

His first two scores were typical scrum-half efforts following pick ups from the bases of rucks but his third was a brilliant individual try. He gathered 30 metres from his own line and beat a couple of defenders to run in.

Damon Hall was on the scoresheet again with his try and Justin Rea was on target with two conversions and a penalty.

Dungannon took the lead with a Jack Milligan penalty and he added a second later in the half as they trailed 17-6 at the interval.

Robbie Moore, the Queen's Director of Rugby, thought the Dungannon scrum was solid. He said: "They made us battle for possession but overall the result was never really in doubt.

"In the last 15 minutes we worked the ball wide which caused confusion. I hope we didn't give too much away as we face them in the AIL next month."

City of Derry moved to the top of the table with a 33-19 success at Rainey. Manager Michael Poole said: "I thought we were dominant. Rainey's Mark O'Connor kept chipping away at the scoreboard with three penalties but we managed five tries for a bonus.

"It was just reward for the work put in. Special mention must go to our No 8 Stephen Ferguson. Not only did he score twice but his ferocious tackling ground down the opposition."

Ballymena needed a late try to defeat Armagh 20-19 at Eaton Park, where the visitors touched down three times to the home team's two. In the remaining fixture, Malone accumulated all their points in the first half as they beat Ards 38-5. The Quins/Hinch game was postponed.

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