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Winless Quins and Hinch face an uphill battle

By Michael Sadlier

Losing streaks sometimes just seem to gather their own unstoppable momentum, which is pretty much the current situation for both Ballynahinch and Belfast Harlequins.

We are now eight games in and neither Hinch or Quins have managed a single win and look ever more marooned at the bottom of Division 1A and 1B respectively.

For Hinch the situation is looking bleaker by the game and after being turned over 33-16 at Galwegians, coach Derek Suffern's squad, who have a meagre two points, are now 12 adrift of the Connacht side - who are one place in front of them - and 16 off safety.

It had actually started well for Suffern's men when Ulster second row Peter Browne got an early try but the home side managed to strike back with three tries of their own and led 21-13 at the break.

With the wind now behind Hinch, Chris Quinn landed a third kick at goal to keep his side in touch but Galwegians finished strongly and got two late tries and an all-important bonus point.

Though Quins also tasted defeat for the eighth consecutive time down in Division 1B's basement, their visit to a rain-lashed Blackrock College wasn't entirely without reward as they still gathered up two losing bonus points from the 36-32 loss.

They are now six behind UL Bohemians and 10 back from the safety zone so there is work to be done for the Deramore men.

Trailing 31-12 at half-time, there seemed no way back for Adam Larkin's battered squad against their fellow strugglers who had actually failed to win in six games.

But back Quins came with Rory Scholes leading the charge and the Ulster player scored a try and kicked 12 points as the visitors racked up 20 points with Mark Glover scoring twice and a penalty try also coming their way, though it still wasn't enough to win.

Second-placed Ballymena, though, continued their winning ways at a weather-beaten Eaton Park by seeing off UL Bohemians 15-6 in a try-less and closely contested encounter with Rodger McBurney's long-range drop goal denying the Limerick men a losing bonus point.

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