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Moore calls time on Queen's promotion bid

By Ronnie Ingram

With more than a third of the AIL competition completed, there is little chance of promotion for any Ulster teams in the Second Division but there is a likelihood that some could be relegated.

City of Derry and Ards are currently propping up their sections and the best placed team is Queen's, who are currently lying fifth in 2A - but their promotion hopes are slim.

Queen's Director of Rugby, Robbie Moore, said: "In a couple of weeks we will be losing our age-related internationals and it will be well into the new year before they return. We are going to be considerably weakened. The team will be unsettled for a time so I feel promotion is out for us."

On Saturday, the Students won their fourth game with a 26-13 victory over Seapoint at Upper Malone.

"We gained a bonus point with a last-move try but overall I didn't think we played particularly well," Moore said. "Our scrum-half Conor Spence had to pull out during the warm up but Conor Young deputised satisfactorily and combined well with Sean O'Hagan. The out-half had a good game and his accurate cross kick set up Damon Hall's try."

Queen's led 13-3 at the interval, their other tries in the game coming from Justin Rea, Josh Atkinson and Eoin Devlin. O'Hagan added two penalties.

In the other 2A games, Rainey, who had been lying bottom, shot up to 10th with a 31-23 success at Naas while too many basic mistakes led to City of Derry's 21-7 defeat at Nenagh/Ormond. Dungannon lost 37-13 to title contenders Blackrock and Banbridge won 23-17 against second-placed Barnhall.

In 2B, Armagh fell 11-6 to Wanderers while Ards, who are conceding an average of more than 40 points a game, let in 11 tries against Greystones, a team that lost 20-7 to Armagh a fortnight ago, in a 75-19 loss.

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