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Key man: Kyle McCall is all set for duty
Key man: Kyle McCall is all set for duty

By Michael Sadlier

Ballynahinch are out to ensure that last weekend's emphatic victory over Lansdowne can be repeated when they travel to Dublin University.

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Hinch's 43-5 win over their Leinster visitors, at a weather-hit Ballymacarn Park, saw them finally secure their first win after four straight defeats and meant that the Co Down club finally removed themselves from what seemed a possible permanent occupancy at rock bottom in Division 1A.

Though they are only one point ahead of new tenants of the basement, Young Munster, Brian McLaughlin's side will fancy having a pop at Trinity who are two spots ahead of them in seventh with a mere three points separating the teams.

Hinch have also received a decent boost from Ulster as both out-half Bill Johnston and winger Robert Baloucoune will make their debuts for the club in Dublin.

Also available is loosehead prop Kyle McCall, while hooker Tom Stewart, lock Jack Regan and back-rowers Clive Ross and Marcus Rea continue in club colours.

"That was important for us after losing our first four," Hinch director of rugby Harry McAleese said of the result.

"We have been playing reasonably well at home and haven't got the results there, though we have been pretty close.

"Our two away games so far haven't seen us perform well, so we're hoping to back-up last week with a good performance away."

In 1B, seventh-placed Banbridge are going in search of a third straight win when they head south to St Mary's College, who are in eighth.

Malone are also on the road and Chris Henry's sixth-placed squad are at Old Belvedere, who are currently just two places above them.

City of Armagh, in fifth, are at home to second-placed Old Wesley, whose game last weekend with Navan was cancelled.

Willie Faloon's squad will be eager to bounce back after losing at Shannon last time out, which was only their second reverse in the five games played.

Div 1A: Dublin University v Ballynahinch

Div 1B: City of Armagh v Old Wesley, Old Belvedere v Malone, St Mary's College v Banbridge

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