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Quins and Ballymena unbeaten records on the line

By Ciaran Donaghy

It's tight at the top of the First Trust Ulster Senior League with Dungannon, Belfast Harlequins and Ballymena all boasting unbeaten records.

The Co. Tyrone side lead Quins by a point with Ballymena a further four points back although they have a game in hand over the top two.

Quins travel to Eaton Park in the clash of the day and Ballymena team manager Sam McGreer is hoping the Braidmen can buct the trend of recent years when the Belfast side have held the upper hand.

“We will be fielding the best side we can and we have got to put Harlequins away if we want to succeed this season.

“We want to win every game as winning is in the blood.

“It is important we get a big performance as this is our last game before the All Ireland League starts,” stated McGreer.

Ballymena warmed up for the game with a midweek bonus point win at Banbridge.

“It was a good display against a side that tried to play rugby against us, it was a hard physical game and we looked good with the ball in hand.”

The Braidmen have no injury worries and are likely to include Seamus Mallon in their starting line-up.

Quins are missing Andrew Gillespie and Neil McComb from the pack. Michael Willis comes into the second row with Colin Atkinson and Chris McCarey starting in the loose forwards.

Keith Pyper and Shane Stewart form the midfield partnership.

Dungannon travel to Ards with out half Richard McCarter doubtful after picking up a hamstring injury in the win over Rainey.

Queen’s are still struggling with injuries and are missing their representative players as Malone travel to the Dub.

Ballynahinch give Ulster youth winger David Nicholson his run on debut against bottom of the table Banbridge at Ballymacarn Park.

Mark Scott starts at full back and Jonny Cullen returns to the centre.

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