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Hall moves back but keeps Queen's on rise

By Ronnie Ingram

Damon Hall, playing out of position at full-back, brought his try tally to seven in the last three weeks when Queen's gained an unexpectedly convincing 31-5 victory over the previously unbeaten 2A League leaders City of Derry at Upper Malone.

The students have now jumped three places to joint second in the table with Derry. Ballymena are the new leaders with a two point advantage.

Speedy Hall normally plays on the wing and followed up his three tries against Naas a fortnight ago and two against Bective last week with two more on Saturday.

The students ran in a total of four tries and earned a bonus point after their first half efforts helped them to a 17-0 interval advantage.

Queen's Director of Rugby Robbie Moore declared it "a brilliant performance, as good as any I have seen this season".

Both teams were under-strength but after early Derry possession, Stuart Hooks went round the full-back for a try under the posts which Ritchie McMichael goaled.

Hall went in for his first try, which was goaled, after 31 minutes following an interception and that was followed by a McMaster penalty seven minutes later.

Five minutes into the second period the out-half touched down and added the points to make it 24-0.

The Queen's half-backs controlled most of the game but the front row of Ben Howard, Adam Kerr and Jonny Craig also did well to cancel out their more experienced opponents.

The bonus point try came after more good work from Chris Colvin, the move finishing with Hall scoring his second four minutes from the end. Richard Baird scored Derry's consolation try.

The only downside for Queen's was an injury to Mark Foster which rules him out of the Senior Cup final against Ballynahinch on Wednesday night.

The other Ulster results in Div 2A were: Queen's 31 City of Derry 5, Ballymena 19 Bruff 15, Banbridge 29 Rainey 10.

Div 2B: Thomond 24 Instonians 9, Ards 18 Tullamore 24, Armagh 29 Sligo 13.

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