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Perfect 10 for Quins

By Ciaran Donaghy

Grafton Belfast Harlequins are just one win away from securing the Ulster Senior League title.

Victory in their final game against Dungannon will bring the trophy back to Deramore after Quins made it 10 wins from 10 outings as they overcame Malone 39-3.

However Quins' minds will be focused on the All Ireland Division One clash with the Co.Tyrone side this Saturday at the Belfast venue as they fight to avoid relegation and they will need to put in a better performance than they did against Malone if they are to avoid an eighth consecutive defeat.

Quins played to a simple game plan and relied on their pack to win the game with out half Niall O'Connor providing any spark in the back line.

Five of Quins' six tries came from the forwards although it was an O'Connor penalty that opened the scoring.

Lock Mike Graham went over from a line out before centre Colin Atkinson finished the best move of the match following a break from O'Connor.

Andy Ward was driven over by the pack to extend Quins lead to 24-3 at the break.

The home side wrapped up victory with tries from prop John Andress, second row Gareth Rourke and hooker Stuart Philpot.

Ballynahinch claimed fourth spot and a place in next season's All Ireland Cup with an emphatic 41-7 win over Queen's.

It was the perfect result for Hinch, who face Instonians in a promotion clash in the AIL on Saturday and the Ballymacarn Park side effectively had the contest won by scoring 34 unanswered first half points.

A penalty and converted try from Daniel Soper gave Hinch an early 10 point lead and Queen's never recovered.

Stuart Megaw, Soper and Johnny Cullen added further tries before the break.

Out half Mark Robinson grabbed a consolation try for the students before Richard Orr went over for the home side.

Inst. suffered a surprise 29-15 defeat at City of Derry.

Dungannon proved too strong for Rainey, claiming a 26-16 win at Judges Road.

Banbridge enjoyed a comfortable 44-14 win at Rifle Park against Portadown.

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