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Rory shines as leaders Malone turn on the power


Rory Campbell
Rory Campbell

By Michael Sadlier

Malone continue to hold a firm grip on their own destiny at the summit of 2A after their 54-22 try-fest over Blackrock College edged them further along the road towards automatic ­promotion.

In all, coach Paddy Armstrong's squad crossed the Rock line eight times at Gibson Park with Andy Bryans grabbing himself a hat-trick of tries.

He was though, outscored by Rory Campbell, who grabbed one try but kicked seven conversions with Michael Cartmill, Peter Cooper and Josh Pentland all getting touchdowns.

Elsewhere, Armagh stayed in fifth after a 39-26 bonus point win at Nenagh, while Queen's University lost again 32-28 but got two bonus points at home to Galwegians.

In 2B, there was no hiding place from bottom side City of Derry's 104-0 obliteration at leaders Old Crescent with the North West club's relegation now inevitable.

In second, Rainey Old Boys gathered up four points from their hard-fought 23-14 home win in their Ulster derby with Dungannon.

Tries from Tommy O'Hagan and John McCusker dug out the result along with two conversions and three penalties from Andy Magrath.

Ninth-placed Belfast Harlequins lost 51-34 at Barnhall and look set fair for the play-offs to stay up.

In 2C, Bangor gathered up four vital points from beating Malahide 18-16 at home.

A late Mark Widdowson penalty sealed it after earlier tries from Lewis Bret and Evan Willard McMillan to keep Bangor in fourth.

Right behind them are Omagh who won 18-11 at Tullamore after Luke Hanson, Stewart Allen and Mattie Eccles all scored.

Results: 2A: Malone 54 Rock 22, Nenagh 25 Armagh 39, QUB 28 Galwegians 32. 2B: Barnhall 51 Quins 34, Old Cres 104 Derry 0, Rainey 23 Gannon 14. 2C: Bangor 18 Malahide 16, Tullamore 11 Omagh 18

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