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QUB Students hoping it is third time luckys

By Ciaran Donaghy

Queen's are hoping it will be a case of third time lucky tomorrow as they try to get their outstanding All Ireland League Division Three game against Co Carlow played.

Twice the students have set out on the team bus to Oak Park and twice they’ve had to turn back due to the weather.

Queen’s are third in the table but a bonus point win over the bottom side would take them above Midleton at the top on points difference.

The students are the top points scorers in the division while Carlow have the second worst defence and have lost all six games, leaving them bottom of the table. But with the pitch likely to be heavy and Queen’s having only played once in the last five weeks, Director of Rugby Robbie Moore isn’t taking the game lightly.

“The weather is going to be a big factor and we’re hoping we can avoid injuries. We’re optimistic that we can get a good victory,” stated Moore.

“We’ve only played once in the last five weeks so we could be a bit rusty and it might take time for things to settle down.

“We just want to get the game played because we have five on the bounce, including some of the big clubs, and it could take its toll,” added Moore.

Out half James McKinney is on international duty with the Ireland U20’s while loose forward Paddy McGowan is unavailable.

Hooker Gareth Megaw has a shoulder injury while Tom Patton and James Reekie are ruled out. Michael Boyd hooks and Queen’s are hoping Ulster centre Jonny Shiels is available. Ian Porter and Michael Pyper form the half back partnership and Stuart Campbell starts on the wing.

There are four games in the First Trust Ulster Senior League, weather permitting.

Monday’s programme was completely wiped out so the clubs are looking for a run before a busy period in the AIL.

Malone travel to Banbridge, leaders Belfast Harlequins face Instonians, Ballynahinch welcome Portadown, while Ards host Rainey.

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