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Adam Craig hat-trick marks a happy Ballynahinch return

By Ronnie Ingram

Adam Craig, just returned from missionary work in South Africa, made a big impression with three tries when Ballynahinch defeated Queen's 54-7 in their Ulster Senior League game at Ballymacarn Park.

After their four outings Hinch are still undefeated and are two points behind leaders City of Derry who have played two extra fixtures.

"It was great to have Adam back in the squad and prove that he has lost none of his skills or class," commented Director of Rugby Richard Harte.

"But the best performance of the afternoon came from Chris Quinn when he accumulated 24 points with two tries and conversions for seven of the eight tries," he commented.

The students who fielded a team with little resemblance to the one that had overcome Bective 38-16 in their last AIL game to promote them to third in the 2A table, took the lead with a Mark McIlwaine try converted by Justin Rea but then had to defend stoutly to restrict Hinch to a 14-7 interval lead.

But Hinch stretched away with six more tries.

Malone's title hopes were greatly diminished when they lost at City of Derry 15-13.

"It was a disappointing effort in the poor conditions," stated Malone's Director of Rugby Raymond Thomas.

"The forwards carried well but the backs weren't really at the game.

"We were back in it at 8-10 but then a couple of our defenders dithered as their winger David Ferguson kicked through and gathered to score."

The other results were: Armagh 18 Rainey 8, Banbridge 9 Ballymena 27, Ards 7 Belfast Harlequins 61.

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