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Rainey on a roll as Old Crescent put to the sword


In form: Ritchie McMaster
In form: Ritchie McMaster

By Michael Sadlier

Rainey Old Boys have headed into this week's break in games in rude health thanks to their fifth straight victory from the six games played.

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Their 32-10 home win over Old Crescent kept Rainey second in 2A as the Magherafelt side racked up their fourth try bonus as well.

Rainey were already 20-0 to the good when the sides changed ends through tries from Brad Roberts and Andrew Donaghy which were both converted by Andy Magrath who also slotted two penalties.

Rainey then pressed home their advantage as Roberts claimed his second try of the day before Magrath nipped over himself and though he failed to convert his own effort, his earlier two-pointer for Roberts' second ensured he ended up scoring 17 of Rainey's total.

While Rainey now head towards their Ulster derby with Queen's University in confident mood, the same cannot be said of the students who suffered a third straight defeat when hosting leaders Barnhall.

It was a close affair which Queen's lost 27-25 after having led the game, but the losing bonus point was scant consolation.

Two tries from Johnny Hunter and one from Michael Orr along with two conversions and penalties via Ritchie McMaster made up the students' total.

Also in 2A, Ballymena narrowly lost 19-12 at home to Cashel.

In 2C, Omagh grabbed all the attention from their whopping 51-12 hammering of Bruff.

The home team scored eight tries, Neil Brown claiming two and Scott Elliott kicking four conversions and a penalty.

Both Bangor and City of Derry lost their respective games. Derry went down 30-18 at Tullamore and Bangor lost 41-11 at Skerries.

In 2B both Belfast Harlequins and Dungannon also lost out.

Quins were beaten 26-10 at Malahide, James Harrison scoring their only try while Dungannon lost 37-14 at Corinthians.

2A: Ballymena 12 Cashel 19, Queen's University 25 Barnhall 27, Rainey Old Boys 32 Old Crescent 10.

2B: Corinthians 37 Dungannon 14, Malahide 26 Belfast Harlequins 10.

2C: Omagh 51 Bruff 12, Skerries 41 Bangor 11, Tullamore 30 City of Derry 18.

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