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Cochrane’s try keeps Dungannon’s promotion charge on track

Despite the weekend’s international fare, there was a full programme of All-Ireland League matches.

The main attention in Ulster was focused on wins for Ballynahinch and Instonians, which keeps both sides top of Division Two and Three respectively.

In Division 1B, however, Dungannon got back in the winning groove with a highly valuable 21-15 home win over Galwegians.

It took a dramatic late try from winger Chris Cochrane to snatch the points for Justin Fitzpatrick’s squad, whose cause had also been hindered by the earlier sin-binning of Ryan Caldwell.

As for ‘Hinch, they chalked up their eighth win from as many outings when they saw off the challenge of Dublin University 32-23 at Ballymacarn Park.

Aaron Ferris and Stuart Morrow scored two tries each for ‘Hinch with another from Chris Stevenson as they registered their sixth bonus point of the campaign.

Elsewhere, in Division Two, Ballymena just about prevailed in their Ulster derby clash with Queen’s University, the Braidmen battling back to take four points in a 21-20 win at Eaton Park.

However, the students were left wondering how they managed to lose a game after they had been leading 20-6 thanks to first-half tries from Michael Robinson, Michael Pyper and Keith Lynn.

Belfast Harlequins managed their second win in as many weeks by seeing off Terenure College 17-10 in Dublin, a result that takes Adam Larkin’s squad to third in the table.

It wasn’t such a memorable weekend for Malone who fell to their fifth straight league reverse at bottom club Clonakilty.

The Munster side trounced their visitors 39-7, which after last week’s hammering by Ballynahinch, means that the Gibson Park side have conceded a shocking 98 points in two games.

In Division Three, Instonians took their unbeaten record to nine games by prevailing 24-17 at Seapoint while City of Derry moved up into second behind the north-west side after beating Wanderers 27-20 at Judges Road.

Elsewhere, Rainey won their Ulster derby at Banbridge 20-15 while second from bottom Ards were slaughtered 55-0 at Greystones.

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