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Students edge thrilling encounter

Neither Civil Service II nor Queen's III look to be challenging for the Minor East league title but they still provided a close and entertaining game at Stormont on Saturday.

The result could have gone either way and a last move try by the visitors made their 22-16 victory look more convincing.

The young and energetic Queen's went in front in the first few minutes when Andy Richards weaved through and add the points.

Service levelled when winger Ciaran O'Reilly fielded a clearance kick and made ground before the ball was re-cycled to Moore Holmes for the centre to burst through for Jonny Armstrong to goal. Service took the lead with a long Armstrong penalty followed by an easy one before try-saving tackles from Ryan Edgar and Ciaran O'Reilly kept the home side ahead 13-7 at the interval.

Richards narrowed the gap with a penalty but Service had the advantage up front with Greg Brown and Matt Robinson winning their share of the ball.

Unfortunately for them, a kick through was charged down for Zac Walker to cut through for a converted try to give them a fortuitous 17-13 lead. Service continued to attack and their reward was another penalty.

But it was the students who had the final say after Nick Burton and David Holmes had been held up over the Service line. The home defence was overstretched and replacement winger Sam Grant danced through for the final score.

Queen's captain David Holmes was relieved: "Overall, it was a solid performance and a hard-fought win."

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