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Henry's coaching is massive boost for Malone, says Todd

 

By Michael Sadlier

Two rounds in and Division 2A already has an encouraging look to it with Malone - who have Ulster star Chris Henry doing some coaching - still setting an early pace and Armagh tucked in behind them just a point adrift of the Belfast side.

It's all early days, of course, but Malone will be hoping that they can continue in this vein for, ultimately, another tilt at promotion and confidence is good after they made it two wins from two by seeing off Highfield 21-14 at Gibson Park.

Rory Campbell again led the way on the scoresheet and the winger scored all his side's points by crossing for two tries, as well as kicking three penalties and a conversion though head coach Paddy Armstrong's side had to withstand a late Highfield surge to claim their four points.

"They put it up to us and had a heavier pack but we had the dog to do it and provide the space for the boys out wide to finish it off," said flanker and skipper Ross Todd before praising the coaching input of Ulster's Henry who was at Saturday's game.

"He's been outstanding," Todd said of Henry, "and brings a special edge. The fine tuning he is able to bring takes us above and beyond."

Armagh were at Galwegians and got the better of the Connacht side by 26-10 though there was no try bonus for Willie Faloon's men.

Queen's University lost 37-31 to Nenagh Ormond at the Dub in what was a pretty remarkable game as the students managed to impressively battle back from being 37-7 adrift and took two bonus points (for four tries and a narrow defeat) from their afternoon's work.

In 2B, City of Derry hit back from their 71-3 annihilation by Wanderers to triumph in their home Ulster derby, beating Belfast Harlequins 32-17.

Derry even managed a bonus point while Quins have now lost both games and are bottom.

Rainey were victorious at Navan by 20-13 with Andrew Magrath shining for the Magherafelt side while Dungannon beat hosts Sunday's Well by 19-10.

In 2C, newcomers Omagh drew 29-29 at home to Midleton while Bangor lost 12-8 at Seapoint.

Results: 2A: Blackrock 14 Cashel 27, Galwegians 10 Armagh 26, Greystones 23Corinthians 28, Malone 21 Highfield 14, QUB 31 Nenagh 37

2B: City of Derry 32 B Quins 17, Navan 13 Rainey 20, Old Crescent 45 Barnhall 26, Sunday's Well 10 Dungannon 19

2C: Omagh 29 Midleton 29, Seapoint 12 Bangor 8, Sligo 36 Malahide 14, Tullamore 20 Thomond 27, Bective 21 Bruff 33.

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