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Antrim roused to top

Antrim are joint leaders of Minor East 1 following a deserved 20-8 victory over Queen's in wet and windy conditions at Upper Malone.

After six games they share top spot on 10 points with UUC III, who have also lost once, and the undefeated Ballynahinch VI.

However, it needed a rousing half-time team talk from coach Richard Smyth before Antrim broke clear with second half tries from man of the match Ben Phelps and substittute David McKee.

"They started to play much better rugby in the second half. This was our first game for a couple of weeks so there are still a few issues to iron out," said Smyth.

Antrim were pinned inside their own '22' in the early stages and Queen's reward was a Chris Walton penalty.

Handling was poor in the atrocious weather but the visitors eventually ventured into home territory and John Bull went over for a try. He then added a penalty but after captain Mark Perry left the field with a knee injury the students took full advantage and Craig Burton's try levelled scores at the interval.

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