Ballynahinch’s derby win over Queen’s University has extended their lead at the top of Division 2 to five points, with their chief chasers, UCD and Ballymena, both having their games called off due to unplayable pitches.
ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE DIVISION 2 RESULTS: Saturday, January 8
Ballymena v Thomond, Eaton Park (match postponed due to an unplayable pitch)
Ballynahinch 13 Queen’s University 3, Ballymacarn Park
Bective Rangers 28 Malone 13, Donnybrook
Clonakilty 13 De La Salle Palmerston 9, Shannonvale Cross
Corinthians v UCD, Corinthian Park (match postponed due to an unplayable pitch)
Midleton 23 Old Wesley 20, Towns Park
Old Crescent 7 Belfast Harlequins 14, Rosbrien
Terenure College 17 Dublin University 8, Lakelands Park
New Zealander Ryan Bambry did all the scoring for Ballynahinch as they maintained their 100% record in this season’s All-Ireland League with a 13-3 victory over Queen’s University.
In snowy conditions at Ballymacarn Park, ‘Hinch swept to their sixth win on the trot with Bambry scoring a try, a conversion and two penalties.
Scrum half Ian Porter kicked a long penalty for Queen’s before a dead leg forced him off in the closing stages.
With Ballymena and UCD’s games both postponed, Bective Rangers managed to leapfrog both of them into second place on the back of a 28-13 win over Malone.
Bective’s hard-working pack dominated this Donnybrook clash, particularly at scrum time.