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


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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