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AIL Division Three: Instonians lead chasing pack

By Ciaran Donaghy

It was a good day for Instonians as they moved to the top of Division Three with a bonus point Ulster derby win over Rainey at Shaw's Bridge.

Clem Boyd's side moved two points clear of City of Derry who lost their first game of the season going down at Greystones although they did have the consolation of picking up a losing bonus point.

Boyd felt his side should have won by more but was happy to take maximum points.

“We had our bonus point after 20 minutes and we probably started too well, we should have scored a lot more points as we spooned a lot of chances but at least we creating them,” said the former Ulster prop.

“Rainey had to work very hard to get their try and overall we couldn't ask for any more than five points.”

Stephen Douglas got the home side's opening try but Rainey hit back with two Mark O'Connor penalties.

Full-back Scott Brown and former Ulster centre Seamus Mallon crossed to put Inst in command. Peter O'Boyle got Rainey's try before winger David Parkhill got the vital fourth try.

Derry did well to pick up a point at Dr Hickey Park in the 23-18 defeat as they had to play 65 minutes with 14 men after prop Sam Duffy was red carded for a hotly disputed alleged spear tackle.

Bevan Lynch's side were leading 10-3 at that point following a Richard Peoples penalty and a converted try from full-back Peter Henderson.

Ronan Carroll's converted try levelled the half-time scores.

Tom Patton's try helped Derry to a 18-13 lead but Greystones won it with 10 unanswered points.

Banbridge moved up to eighth in the table after a comfortable home win over Suttonians.

Out-half Robin Thompson was the star of the show at Rifle Park as he scored 26 points in the 36-17 victory.

Thompson kicked five penalties, converted his own try and also added the extras to touch downs from replacement hooker Paul Ross and Ben Pervis.

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