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Quins is looking to Bucc the trend with first victory

By Michael Sadlier

The road back from Dublin seemed that bit longer after Belfast Harlequins had succumbed 33-8 at leaders Old Wesley last Saturday.

That's three games now and Adam Larkin's men have yet to bag a win with the ninth-placed Deramore side now focusing hard on breaking their duck in Division 1B when they host Buccaneers, who are four places above them.

But Quins are confident they can taste victory and their coach reckons they are close to turning the corner.

"At Wesley, our general play looked good but we were very naive," said Larkin.

"Yes we were missing a few guys, but the team was good enough and just made key mistakes at critical times. A win would do wonders for our confidence.

Quins have Ulster prop Ricky Lutton available while club skipper Neil McComb is also back on board. Frank Taggart, along with Academy player Conor Young, will also be on duty but centre Mark Best misses out due to a dislocated thumb

Second-placed Ballymena -who have won their first three games - travel winless Shannon without second row David Whann but have Alan O'Connor released from Ulster.

Up in 1A, Ballynahinch find themselves propping up the table with only one point after three games and they entertain fifth-placed Old Belvedere with a first win the clear priority.

Hinch picked up a few injuries in last week's 38-17 defeat at Clontarf and flanker Paul Pritchard, hooker Jonny Murphy and Academy prop Craig Trenier all out today, while back three player David McIlwaine is back with Leeds.

Lorcan Dow, Andrew Harper and Kyle McCall come in for Pritchard, Murphy and Trenier respectively.

"The scoreline from Clontarf certainly suggests we were badly turned over but we were actually dominated large parts of it," said Suffern. This game with Belvo is a big one but we've got to get a win at home.

"Yes, we're bottom of the table but mid-table is only a few points away so there is no sense of panic yet."

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