Kiwi Richard Lobb kicked 22 points as Ballynahinch recorded their second victory of the season in Division 1A with a 32-26 win at Belfield against UCD.
The victory takes Hinch 12 points clear of the automatic relegation place although they still remain three points off eight placed St Mary’s who beat bottom club Garryowen.
Lobb give Hinch an early lead with his first penalty before flanker Paul Pritchard went over for the opening try.
Hinch used their powerful rolling maul to rumble over from the 22 with Pritchard touching down and Lobb added the conversion.
Lobb increased Hinch’s lead to 13-0 a with a second penalty.
UCD out half James Thornton landed a penalty and struck a drop goal before the students were reduced to 14 men.
Lobb added a third penalty then landed a kick from the half way line to give Hinch a 19-6 half time lead.
Ulster full back David McIlwaine went over and Lobb converted to extend the lead to 20 points.
Fullback Andy Boyle scored a try for UCD and Thornton added a penalty after Matty McKeown was binned.
Lobb scored another penalty after UCD infringed from the restart and his sixth kick give Hinch an unassailable lead.
Two late tries for the home side gave the scoreboard an unrealistic look.
Hinch face a massive game against Dolphin when Division 1A resumes on January 25, the Cork side are seventh and four points ahead of the County Down men.
Malone’s losing bonus point at Corinthians lifted them above Dungannon at the bottom of Division 1B on points different.
Malone led the game until the 70th minute after a James McKinney penalty but lock Colin Raftery went over with Finn Gormley converting and the out half added a late penalty.
Galwegians top Division 2A after a 11-7 win over Banbridge at Rifle Park.