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Ballynahinch shuffle pack for First Trust Cup clash

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch have been forced to ring the changes for tomorrow's First Trust Senior Cup quarter-final tie against City of Derry.

Paul Rowley, David Busby, Kyle McCall and Lorcan Dow may be required by Ulster 'A', although it is hoped that the last two may be available for selection, and Paul Pritchard is still on the injury list.

Johnny Murphy, Craig Ternier and Zac McCall will be in the front row with Michael Graham at No 8. Former Wallace High's Johnny Blair came on against Old Belvedere at prop and made an immediate impact although he suffered an elbow injury. Hinch have the a strong half-back pairing of Conor Spence and Richard Reaney with Manihera Eden and Will Stewart in the centre. Aaron Cairns and Robin Hart will be on the wings with Adam Craig behind.

"If we could field much the same team every week just like other teams in Division One our record would be better," said director of rugby Richard Hart.

"We have been improving week by week and I feel a win is not too far away. It will not be easy against Derry and our players are going to have to dig deep, but hopefully our experience and fitness will see us through."

Derry in 2B are one of only two teams in the AIL with 19 points from their four outings and are the third highest points scoring team.

The other quarter-finals are Ballymena v Banbridge and Malone v Belfast Harlequins. The tie between Rainey and Queen's will be contested this evening at Hatrick Park (7.45pm).

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