Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Rugby: ROUND-UP Tom centre of attention

THOMAS Horner, playing his first game in the centre for Belfast Harlequins, scored three tries in the 59-3 First Trust Ulster Senior League win over City of Derry.

Horner, normally an out-half and who joined the club from Malone at the start of the season, was on fine form and although Harlequins only led 19-3 at the halfway stage they added 40 second half points.

Chris McCarey (2), Colin Atkinson, Simon Rea and Rory Blake-Knox were the other scorers while Willem Slabbert converted seven.

Malone did well to hold Ballymena to a 13-13 draw at Eaton Park. Craig Wood contributed 10 of the home team's points with a try, conversion and penalty, and Don Raw dropped a goal.

The Gibson Park side needed a late try to level, Gareth Fry converting Chris Rowan's touchdown to go with a drop goal and penalty.

Instonians had a fine 34-18 win at Ballynahinch with tries from O'Hara, Uren, McCullough and Wilson, with Nial Malone converting all four and kicking two penalties. Chris Napier and Aaron Forbes were the home try scorers, Johnny Coen converted one while Daniel Soper had a penalty and a drop goal.

Banbridge pulled off an upset with a 17-8 win over Dungannon. Gareth Martin and Reuben Lucas scored their tries and Richard Finlay converted both and added a penalty. Johnny Turkington scored Dungannon's try and Neil Patterson had a penalty.

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