Ulster Bank League Division 1B round-up

Ballynahinch were back in free-scoring form on their home patch this afternoon as they showed no mercy to Division 1B’s bottom side Ballymena.

Ballynahinch were back in free-scoring form on their home patch this afternoon as they showed no mercy to Division 1B’s bottom side Ballymena.

‘Hinch ran in 10 tries, including seven in the second half, in a 66-5 demolition job which saw them bounce back from losing their unbeaten record to UCD last weekend.

Predictably the home backs dominated in the try-scoring stakes with full-back Adam Craig touching down for the ninth time in this season’s campaign.

Winger Aaron Ferris and replacement Aaron Cairns scored a brace each, while hooker Gavin Armstrong, scrum half Blane McIlroy and centres Stuart Morrow and Michael Lawton were among the other scores.

Ballymena, who have lost ten of their 12 league games this term, trailed 19-5 at the break with winger Darrell Montgomery crossing for their only score.

Meanwhile, Belfast Harlequins won for the first time in three league outings as they overcame Bruff on a 26-20 scoreline at Deramore Park.

Ulster scrum half Michael Heaney starred with a 21-point haul for Harlequins with Fintan Hillyard also coming off the bench to score their second try.

Hillyward scored from a chip ahead to help the hosts go 23-13 in front. Flanker Dumani Mtya completed his brace of tries to make it a three-point game, but Heaney’s fourth and final penalty sealed it for ‘Quins who defended staunchly late on.

Blackrock College stretched their unbeaten run to four games - two wins and two draws - with a dominant performance against out-of-sorts Dungannon at Stradbrook.

Number 8 Job Langbroek touched down twice and centre Rob Keogh accumulated 21 points - a try, two conversions and four penalties - as ‘Rock emerged as 31-5 victors.

A first half try from loosehead prop Phil Whyte was Dungannon’s only reward. The Tyrone men have fallen to three defeats in-a-row and although staying in eighth place, they are now 12 points behind the team above them - Blackrock.

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