AILL IRELAND LEAGUE: Buccaneers heap more misery on Belfast Harlequins

Belfast Harlequins  Ben Alexander gets away from Buccaneeers Rory Maloney
Belfast Harlequins Ben Alexander gets away from Buccaneeers Rory Maloney

Belfast Harlequins 20 Buccaneers 38

Belfast Harlequins slumped to a fourth league defeat of the season as Buccaneers claimed a bonus point victory at Deramore.

Buccaneers took the lead on four minutes, the forwards worked the ball through a number of phases, Quins hooker Paul Jackson stopped a quick penalty and was yellow carded and Ben Carty landed the resulting kick.

Buccs nearly extended their lead when they cut open the home defence but Frank Taggart bungled winger into touch.

The visitors got a try on 19 minutes, full back Callum Boland put in a chip kick behind the Quins defence and centre Alan Gaughan won the chase to touch down but Carty failed to convert.

Quins got their first points when winger Ben Sloan scored a penalty from the 22 on 27 minutes.

Carty restored the visitors eight point lead with his second penalty on 30 minutes. Carty got Buccs second try on 36 minutes.

From a line the Connacht side moved the ball into midfield and showed a great turn off pace to beat four defenders to score and he converted to give Buccs a 3-18.

Gaughan landed a long range penalty four minutes after the restart.

Quins got back into the game on 50 minutes when they kicked a penalty to the corner, from the lineout the pack propelled Taggart over but Sloan couldn’t convert.

Gaughan nudged Buccs further in front with another penalty on 62 minutes.

Buccs got a third try on 67 minutes, Branagh Concran burst through the midfield evading some soft tacking and hooker Shane Delahunt barged over with Carty converting.

Taggart created Quins second try when he broke through midfield drew the last defender and released winger Peter Dunlop to sprint over.

Buccs got their bonus point try five minutes from the end when Boland finished off a slick handling move in the corner and Gaughan.

Buccs had lock Danny Qualter yellow carded, Quins kicked to the corner Buccs stopped the resulting drive illegally and the referee awarded a penalty try which Sloan converted.