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Ballynahinch boss Duncan wary of showdown with Armagh

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch will be fielding the same team that won the First Trust Senior Cup (Dungannon 27-10) a fortnight ago when they travel to Armagh tomorrow(2.30pm) for the vital SONI Ulster Premier League game.

They are firm favourites to clinch the double but their opponents are on a roll at the moment and have pulled off surprises against their more senior opponents in the past.

Hinch Director of Rugby Ronnie Duncan is fully aware of the task in hand.

"There has always been a historical rivalry between the two clubs as there are a number of families connected with both," he said.

"We appreciate that Armagh are the only one of the 50 teams in the AIL to be still undefeated at the midpoint of the season so we can expect something special.

"We defeated them twice last year but they are a team that has developed well with a determined and progressive attitude. They combine confidence with aggression, and have been coached well, so we have the upmost respect for them."

Armagh have been without a fixture for four weeks so they will be glad to be back in action. They will field the same squad that overcame Wanderers 39-11.

While Hinch have maximum points in Division One, Armagh would have been joint top but for the fact that they had to forfeit the points against Dungannon when they inadvertently fielded an ineligible player for seven minutes in what would have been a 35-20 win.

Banbridge are also unbeaten in the competition and joint leaders with Hinch but have been dogged by injuries and face a tough hurdle at Ballymena (1pm).

There are also two fixtures in Division 2 with Queen's entertaining Bangor (1pm) and Rainey having home advantage against Belfast Harlequins (2.30pm).

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