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Quins lose plot and pay the price with defeat

 

By Michael Sadlier

There was really no hiding from it, Belfast Harlequins made their own sizeable contribution to their opening day defeat when hosting Navan at a damp Deramore.

Missed chances - Quins' out-half Paul Kerr failed with three from six shots at goal and actually struggled with the easier-looking kicks - while the home side's ill-discipline also severely hurt them in the closing minutes.

Indeed, a possible win and then even a losing bonus point was also squandered.

And this was after Quins had battled back from trailing 14-0 to tie the scores at 17-17 with less than 20 minutes to play - after skipper Danny Annett was yellow-carded with two minutes left just moments before centre Mark Gribben was sent off for going in with his knee.

Much to ponder then for new Quins' coach Nicky Wells as the club begin life in Division 2B following last season's relegation.

Still, they did look like a better organised side this term and scored a great second half try from a move finished off by Mark Glover.

"It was there for the winning really but that indiscipline cost us at the end," said team manager Neal Wilson. Elsewhere in the division it was all about tasting defeat with newly promoted Rainey Old Boys being pipped 21-20 at home by Old Crescent while Dungannon, also at home, missed out 29-27 to Skerries.

City of Derry were annihilated 71-7 at Wanderers.

In 2A, it was a clean sweep of wins for all three Ulster clubs with Malone's thumping 37-7 result at Nenagh Ormond leading the way.

Coach Paddy Armstrong's side made off with maximum points after tries from Peter Cooper, Michael Shiels, Connor Spence and Jack Owens, while winger Rory Campbell converted all four and added three penalties for an impressive personal haul of 17 points.

Armagh's first game after last term's promotion also ended well as they won 30-26 at home to Greystones though Willie Faloon's men failed to snare a bonus point while Queen's University finished 25-18 ahead at Galway Corinthians.

Omagh's first taste of AIL action for 20 years also ended in triumph when the Tyrone club edged it out 14-13 at Bruff in their 2C meeting while Bangor won 21-15 at home to Tullamore.

Div 2A: Cashel 19 Galwegians 26, Armagh 30 Greystones 26, Corinthians 18 QUB 25, Highfield 35 Blackrock 19, Nenagh Ormond 7 Malone 37

Div 2B: Belfast Quins 17 Navan 26, Dungannon 27 Skerries 29, Barnhall 11 Sunday's Well 6, Rainey 21 Old Crescent 22, Wanderers 71 City of Derry 3

Div 2C: Bangor 21 Tullamore 15, Bruff 13 Omagh 14, Midleton 29 Seapoint 10, Thomond 12 Sligo 13.

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