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O'Hagan is back to add to Rainey forward power

Tommy O'Hagan
Tommy O'Hagan

By Michael Sadlier

After dealing with Ballymena to the tune of 21-0 last time out, Rainey Old Boys travel to Eaton Park for the return Ulster derby in fairly confident mood.

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Since the last round of AIL games, in mid-December, Rainey have brought silverware to Hatrick Park by winning the SONI Ulster Premiership title for the first time, so that triumph is an added boost as they head to their near neighbours.

The Magherafelt club, who are second in 2A, will have former Ulster prop Tommy O'Hagan back in club colours for this game, after not being able to be involved in last month's clash between the sides, as they bid to do the AIL double on the Braidmen.

Ballymena, down in seventh and six points clear of the drop zone, could do with achieving only a third win of the season.

Also in 2A, Queen's University are at bottom team Nenagh and the fifth-placed students will fancy their chances of following up last month's home victory over the Munster side to keep their top four hopes on track.

In 2B, eighth-placed Belfast Harlequins head to Dungannon, in ninth, to conclude their head-to-head Ulster derbies.

Quins swept struggling 'Gannon aside last month by the margin of 47-10 and now have an eight point cushion between themselves and today's hosts.

Gannon, who have only managed a solitary win this term, desperately need to pick up points if they are to find a way out of the danger zone.

With only six points separating fifth from 10th in 2C, a lot can still happen though both City of Derry and Bangor know they need to plot a way out of being in eighth and ninth respectively.

Bangor, though, host leaders Enniscorthy after being tanked there last month while Derry welcome bottom side Midleton to the North West after losing the first of their back-to-backs.

Omagh, up in fourth, are at Sundays Well after drawing with them at home.

2A: Nenagh v Queen's University, Ballymena v Rainey Old Boys.

2B: Dungannon v Belfast Harlequins.

2C: Bangor v Enniscorthy, City of Derry v Midleton, Sunday's Well v Omagh.

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