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Bann blast out an early warning after last year's promotion woe

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By Ronnie Ingram

The AIL may have only just got under way, but Banbridge are already sitting on top of the pile in Division 2A - the position they held for the majority of last season, before losing out on promotion to Naas and UCC.

In fact, it was an encouraging start for most Division 2 sides with seven teams gaining at least a point, with only Belfast Harlequins (2A) and City of Derry (2B) failing to do so.

Bann's Adam Doherty ran in three tries in their 41-12 victory over Sunday's Well, who pipped City of Derry to promotion to 2A.

Doherty's first was the best of the encounter. After a turnover on Bann's own five-metre line, the strong-running full-back sped away from the opposition.

Malone had a difficult 21-13 victory against a huge and abrasive Cashel pack in Tipperary.

They were 11 points ahead after nine minutes with Mark McCrea, on his birthday, running in from the 10-metre line. They were 16-6 in front at the interval and were then put under severe pressure but managed to survive.

• Ulster are the new Under-19 inter-provincial champions following a nine-try 66-7 win over Connacht at Osborne Park. In the Schools' game at Pirrie Park, Ulster lost 21-10 to Leinster.

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