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Ulster Senior League: Derry keeping up the try blitz

By Ronnie Ingram

Thirty-seven tries and a total of 276 points were scored in Saturday's four First Trust Senior League games.

City of Derry moved to the top of the table with an unexpectedly easy 55-17 win over Malone.

They have 24 points from five played while Ballynahinch, who were without a game and the only other team to be undefeated, are four points behind.

Dungannon have 21 points having lost to Derry and Ballymena are on 15 from four having been beaten at Hinch.

Derry came to Gibson Park full of confidence and determination although it was Malone who took the lead with a Josh Pentland penalty.

The visitors soon went in front when a burst of speed from Simon Logue resulted in a try which Richard Peoples converted. Andrew Spence at scrum-half controlled the game and his skills led to a number of tries for this well drilled team.

They were 24-10 in front at the interval and had nine tries altogether, the others coming from Davy Houston (2), Peter Henderson (2), Stephen Ferguson, Davy Witherow, Andrew Barr and Semple. Peoples had four more conversions while Malone's Josh Pentland also converted his try and that by William Woods.

Dungannon crossed the Rainey line ten times in their 69-14 win at Stevenson Park.

Paddy Jackson made his debut and soon made his presence felt with a well worked try and three conversions.

At the weekend Dungannon travel to UCC who were narrowly defeated by Queen's (14-13) in the Dudley Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Ballymena kept in contention with a 41-28 victory at Banbridge and Belfast Harlequins are back in winning form following a narrow but deserved 30-22 win over Ards.

Queen's lost out to UCD 24-7 in the Dudley Cup final.

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