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Instonians deliver a try blitz to realise their dream in sensational style

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By Ciaran Donaghy

Instonians crowned their promotion to Division Two in empathic style by crushing bottom of the table Connemara 68-0 at Shaw’s Bridge running in 10 tries in the process.

Inst coach Clem Boyd paid tribute to the players as the side only lost twice on their way to promotion.

“I’m delighted for the boys as they have achieved it through hard work and it is a relief,” stated Boyd.

“I think we deserve to be a top four side and we have achieved promotion with a game to go, we’d be going for the title on the last day but that is out of our hands.” Flanker David Bradford scored a hat trick of tries for Inst and winger Josh Devitt bagged a brace.

Full back Scott Browne also crossed the whitewash twice and kicked nine conversions, winger Richard Fegan, hooker Stephen Douglas and Stephen Miller were the other try scorers.

City of Derry need a point from their last game at home to Naas to secure promotion.

Bevan Lynch’s side are 10 points clear of fifth place Banbridge but the Rifle Park side have a game in hand. Derry are third after a bonus point win at Highfield.

Richard Peoples contributed 20 points in the 40-21 victory.

Banbridge must win both remaining games and hope Derry and Greystones get nothing on the last day to secure automatic promotion.

The Bann men saw off Naas 31-28. Another five points against Highfield at Rifle Park this week would guarantee Banbridge the fifth place play-off spot against the bottom side in Division Two.

Rainey continued their fine form with a 33-15 win over Wanderers. Ards went down 20-17 to Sunday’s Well.

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