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Ballymena breeze past Dublin University at Eaton Park

By Michael Sadlier

Ballymena made it three wins from three when they dealt with Dublin University at Eaton Park where they impressively triumphed by 35-24.

The Braidmen crossed for five tries and have now claimed 14 points from a possible 15 though this rich vein of early form sees them sitting in second in Division 1B as Old Wesley are one ahead after they crushed Belfast Harlequins in Dublin.

Ballymena scored from the kick-off when Callum Patterson got the first touchdown. By half-time, the Braidmen had racked up a lead of 20-5 with other tries coming from forwards John Andrew and Clive Ross. Though the students did stage a revival, the home side were just too strong with James Beattie crossing for the bonus point try and Rodger McBurney rounding things off.

While Ballymena celebrated, Belfast Harlequins limped back from Dublin after being on the wrong end of a 33-8 scoreline to leaders Old Wesley at Donnybrook. The visitors ended up conceding four tries with their only scores coming from a Frank Taggart touchdown and Mark Best penalty. Quins have now lost all three games and are one off the bottom.

Matters were no better for Ballynahinch up in Division 1A where the Co Down side fell to their third straight reverse after Clontarf were victorious by a rather emphatic 38-17.

Hinch had an impressive first half before faltering badly with their points being accumulated through tries from Will Stewart and Conor Joyce while Richard Reaney kicked both conversions and slotted a penalty.

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