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Super Ballynahinch blow away the competition at Rainey

By Ronnie Ingram

Ulster Senior League holders Ballynahinch will have gained plenty of confidence from their 55-15 victory at Rainey, but they will need it all before they travel to the mighty Terenure College in the AIL on Saturday, a team that won all of their 18 games last season.

Rainey put up stout opposition at Magherafelt and a couple of new recruits showed up well.

"They were a formidable team and they had all their top players in action," commented Rainey former president Arnold McLean.

"We didn't play badly but were not up to their standard. If given half a chance they will score tries but that's why they are in 1A and we are in 2A. Overall I thought we had a reasonable game and I feel we will do well in the AIL this season."

Former schoolboys Ross McCluskey and Timmy Emerson showed potential and each scored a try. Full-back McCluskey, who played for Bangor Grammar last year and is a brother of Dungannon's Stuart, took the ball at pace and had the strength to evade a couple of tackles to crash over. Out-half Emerson followed up a chip ahead and when the ball was fumbled managed to secure the score. Hinch ran in nine tries and Richard Reaney contributed two as well as kicking two penalties and two conversions.

Queen's came back from an 18 point deficit to secure a losing bonus point against Belfast Harlequins 18-14.

Hinch head the table with Malone on nine points, who also secured their second win, this time against Dungannon 31-15. Ballymena accounted for Ards 62-14 and City of Derry had a 23-18 victory at Banbridge.

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