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Students put poor Ards to the sword

By Ciaran Donaghy

Queen's closed the gap on leaders Midleton to four points after an empathic 46-3 victory over Ards at Hamilton Park.

The students ran in eight tries and had their bonus point wrapped up by the interval while Midleton struggled to beat Barnhall 16-8.

Queen’s have a game in hand over the leaders and also Banbridge who are seven points adrift in third place.

It looked a tricky task on paper for Queen’s as they travelled to Ards missing a number of key players but director of rugby Robbie Moore was delighted to take maximum points.

“I was happy to get the win but to also get the bonus point. Considering the injuries we had and the problems in the front row it was a very pleasing performance. If we had have been more clinical we could have scored more tries,” stated Moore.

Prop Mark Sampson set the tone by scoring in the opening minute and further tries from winger Stuart Campbell, former Ireland centre Jonny Bell, lock Andrew Linton and out half James Reekie gave the students a 29-3 lead at half time.

Three tries followed after the break from full back David McIlwane, lock Michael Ferguson and winger Matthew Arneill.

Banbridge moved up to third with a 13-7 win in Connacht against Connemara.

Neville Farr kicked a penalty and converted Stephen Irvine’s try to give the Rifle Park club a 10-7 half time lead.

Farr kicked a second half penalty to seal the win.

Instonians dropped to fifth place after suffering a second defeat in three outings.

Clem Boyd’s men went down 31-21 at Nenagh but missed numerous chances to get at least a bonus point.

Full back Josh Devitt got two tries for Inst while flanker David Bradford got the other.

There was a sigh of relief at Hatrick Park as Rainey earned a valuable win against Naas to ease away from the drop zone.

The 23-12 win was the Old Boys fourth of the campaign and lifts them 11 points clear of the relegation play-off place.

Portadown are still in the mire after going down to an eighth defeat of the season.

The 27-12 reversal at Suttonians means Hika Reid’s side are only five points clear of bottom club Carlow.

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