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Queen's take it to the max again as 11 tries annihilate Galwegians


By Michael Sadlier

Eleven tries from Queen's University in their 73-7 destruction of now relegated Galwegians has put coach Derek Suffern's in-form squad on the cusp of nailing down a play-off spot.

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The fourth-placed students have now put together five straight bonus point victories in Division 2A and sit eight points in front of UL Bohemians with just two to play.

Rory Bell and Matthew Keane both scored twice in the rout at Galwegians and the students will be looking to copperfasten their top four place when hosting already promoted Highfield in the penultimate round.

In 2B, Rainey Old Boys, in third, made sure of their play-off status when beating Greystones 35-19.

Paddy McGowan, Jason Bloomfield, Andy Magrath, Kieran Donaghy and Damian McMurray all dotted down.

Magrath converted all five scores as the home side took maximum points against the team one place above them and potential opponents in the play-off semi-final.

Also in 2B, Belfast Harlequins prevailed 10-8 in their Ulster derby with Dungannon.

Peter Dunlop and Ben Alexander scored for Quins who are still ninth and scrapping to escape the drop zone. Gannon are now just three ahead while bottom side Sunday's Well are four adrift of Quins and host them next up on April 6.

In 2C, Omagh, who are fifth in the table, breathed life into their play-off ambitions by beating bottom side Thomond 24-10.

The home side took five points after Ali Beckett, Stewart McCain, Ryan Mitchell and Adam Longwell scored tries.

Omagh are now three points behind fourth-placed Malahide who they visit next.

Bangor's woes continued after agonisingly losing 22-20 to Midleton in the last play. Nine defeats in a row leaves them struggling to stay clear of the drop zone. City of Derry also lost, 33-13 at Seapoint.

2A: Galwegians 7 QUB 73 2B: Quins 10 Gannon 8, Rainey 35 Greystones 19 2C: Bangor 20 Midleton 22, Omagh 24 Thomond 10, Seapoint 33 Derry 13

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