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Queen's looking to build more momentum with Belfast Harlequins victory

By Michael Sadlier

It should be a tasty affair when Queen's University travel the short distance over to Belfast Harlequins for a Division 2A Ulster derby which sees both sides arrive at this point with very differing fortunes.

The students have won three on the bounce and are in third while Quins have just managed one victory and are looking increasingly adrift at the foot of the table.

It will be a notable occasion for Queen's as former Ulster prop Bronson Ross, who has been doing some coaching with the club's forwards while also playing, is about to return home to New Zealand.

Ross is on the students' bench though Queen's will be without injured second row Alex Thompson and flanker Nick Timoney who is with Ireland Sevens.

Their hosts should have Adam Macklin, Rory Blake-Knox and Ben Sloan all available while club skipper Ollie Loughead makes a welcome return.

Elsewhere, second-placed Banbridge host Corinthians who are in eighth while Malone are at Blackrock.

In 2B, unbeaten leaders Armagh visit Greystones while bottom club City of Derry host Ulster rivals Dungannon. Third-placed Bangor entertain Bruff while leaders Rainey are at home to basement side Kanturk.

Fixtures: Div 2A: Banbridge v Corinthians, Belfast Harlequins v Queen's, Blackrock v Malone, Cashel v Highfield, Sunday's Well v Nenagh

Div 2B: Greystones v Armagh, Wanderers v Skerries, City of Derry v Dungannon, Old Crescent v Thomond

Div 2C: Boyne v Tullamore, Seapoint v Sligo, Bangor v Bruff, Rainey v Kanturk, Midleton v Navan

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