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Belfast Harlequins hungry for wins despite injury problems

By Michael Sadlier

They are currently propping up the Division 1B table, but Belfast Harlequins are intent on rescuing the situation which currently sees them trailing ninth-placed Shannon by three points after eight games.

With only two wins behind them, the Deramore side know that it is imperative they bag some more victories and soon, though it looks as if they will have their work cut out against Dublin University who are 11 points in front of them in fourth.

Quins at least have Ulster prop Ricky Lutton released to them for today's home game and back rower Frank Taggart is also expected to be involved.

However, Quins' cause has been damaged by their injury crisis in the backline with out-half Eamon Lane out for the season with an achilles problem while Adam White - another option at 10 - is also crocked.

Added to that is scrum-half Josh Fullerton, who was injured playing for the Ravens last weekend, while there is still no sign of Mark Kettyle, Willie Stewart and Rory Scholes coming back.

"What hasn't helped is that every week the team seems to be changing a lot and it's been very difficult to settle on a consistent starting 15," said coach Adam Larkin. "It's all about momentum and we've none so we've got to get that and get it soon."

Also in Division 1B, second-placed Ballymena are at Buccaneers while down in sixth, Malone are at Shannon but will be without Josh Bingham, Adam Liddell and Connor Joyce who are with the Ravens though Josh Pentland should be back at centre.

In Division 1A, Ballynahinch host league leaders Terenure knowing that they really need to halt their recent run which has seen them fail to win their last three games.

Hinch are currently in seventh but with only three points separating them from fourth, their fortunes could rapidly change if they should become only the second side this campaign to take Terenure down.

It's a big ask and particularly so with Kyle McCall, John Donnan, Sam Arnold and Charlie Butterworth all on Ravens duty at Yorkshire Carnegie.

"It's a bit 'backs to the wall' up against the form team of the league but the boys are upbeat and feel that we can beat them," said coach Derek Suffern.

"Yes, they're on a run but if we can do things well, we're in with a shout."

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