AIL round-up: 'Hinch and Dublin University tied at the top

Ballynahinch and Dublin University are locked together on 26 points at the top of Division 1B after both making it six wins out of six this afternoon.

Ballynahinch and Dublin University are locked together on 26 points at the top of Division 1B after both making it six wins out of six this afternoon.

‘Hinch remain at the summit courtesy of their ever-improving points scoring rate, which was bulked up by their 43-24 defeat of Ulster rivals Ballymena at Eaton Park.

Derek Suffern’s men had five tries on the board by half-time, leading 36-3, with forwards Paul Pritchard and Kyle McCall standing out.

Goal-kicking winger Chris Quinn continued his superb form, scoring a try, four conversions and a penalty to move his league tally to 76 points overall.

Replacement Tim Small helped to spark a second half revival from the Braidmen, scoring one and converting all three of their tries but they fell short of claiming a bonus point.

At College Park, Dublin University had the measure of UCD in a thrilling student derby with Trinity winger Niyi Adeolukan crossing for a brace of tries.

Trinity’s greater firepower on the day saw them finish as 36-14 winners with flanker Brian du Toit and prop Ian Hirst joining out-half David Joyce in scoring tries.

UCD were only 8-0 down at half-time with centre Alex Kelly touching down, but Trinity piled on the pressure after the break and the margin was a comprehensive one by full-time.

Bruff battled hard for their second victory of the league campaign, holding firm for a 21-17 triumph over Belfast Harlequins at Kilballyowen Park.

Brian Carroll and Ireland Under-20 international Rory Scholes exchanged early penalties before replacement Tom O’Callaghan broke through for a converted try, giving the Limerick men a 10-3 advantage at the break.

Another Carroll penalty and a try from captain Maurice O’Connell, off a pop pass from David Horan, had Mike Lynch’s men within sight of the finish line.

However, Harlequins made them fight all the way as tries from forwards Lawrence Babe and Ricky Lutton, both converted by Scholes, gave the visitors a losing bonus point.

Struggling Blackrock College made it two wins on the bounce as they edged out Dungannon 9-8 to leapfrog the Tyrone men into eighth in the table.

Scrum half Sean Conway sniped through for the only try in the first half, but two Rob Keogh penalties put ‘Rock 6-5 ahead midway through at Stevenson Park.

Defences were on top in a try-less second period with Keogh and Stuart McCloskey landing a penalty apiece, as the Dubliners held on for a vital and confidence-boosting away success.

Meanwhile, former table toppers Malone slipped up at home to Buccaneers who came from behind to take a 24-12 verdict at Gibson Park.

The Athlone side were 12-3 behind at the break with Josh Pentland and Lorcan McGillan both touching down.

However, Buccs turned the game on its head in the closing 40 minutes, playing with greater direction and intensity and their reward was two tries from Callum Boland and skipper Kolo Kiripati.

They also benefited from a smashing place-kicking display from Connacht prospect Jack Carty. Time and again, he punished indiscipline from Malone and his 14-point haul included four well-struck penalties.

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