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Rainey hope to add a touch of quality finishing

By Jonathan Bradley

THE fixture list has thrown up yet another Ulster derby in All-Ireland League 2A this week as Rainey Old Boys travel to Upper Malone to face Queen's this afternoon.

The pair met in the Ulster Senior League last weekend at Hatrick Park, with Queen's running out 25-5 winners, and Rainey Director of Rugby John McGoldrick feels that the Magherafelt side will need to display a marked improvement if they are to win this time around.

He said: "We will definitely need to step up from how we played last week. Our finishing was disappointing and that will need to be a bit better.

"It was difficult conditions for the players with the wind so hopefully it's better for this week's game."

The Students suffered a shock loss to Cashel in their last All-Ireland League game, falling to third in the standings as a result, while Rainey are down to eighth after their game with Old Wesley was postponed.

Rainey will name a similar team to last week but winger Nick Sterling will miss out with an injured hamstring.

Queen's will be without David Busby, still on Six Nations duty with the Ireland Under-20 squad, but out-half Ritchie McMaster may feature after winning his first Ireland Club Internationals cap last weekend.

Three other Ulster sides will also be in AIL 2A action today as the season enters a crucial period.

City of Derry will travel to Donnybrook for a testing encounter with Old Wesley with Mark Nicholl's side looking to bounce back from a frustrating loss against Highfield.

Despite that defeat, City of Derry are in fourth place in the league and know that victory will be crucial if they are to get their promotion push back on track.

Banbridge will welcome Highfield to Rifle Park Park and Daniel Soper could be forgiven for thinking his side are meeting the men from Cork at an inopportune time.

Three victories in a row, having won just one game prior to this streak, have moved them up to 13th place, just one below today's opponents.

Dubliners Bective Rangers travel north to face Ballymena with the County Antrim side needing a victory having lost two AIL games in a row.

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