ALL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge stay top of Division 2A after win at Queen’s

Banbridge stay top of Ulster Bank Division 2A after win over Queen's
Banbridge stay top of Ulster Bank Division 2A after win over Queen's

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY 6 BANBRIDGE 26

Banbridge maintained their lead at the top of Division 2A with a comprehensive victory over Queen’s and a windswept and rainy Dub.

Two tries in each half was enough to give Dan Soper’s side a maximum five points as they were able to play the conditions better.

Queen’s took the lead on seven minutes with a long range penalty from out half Jack Milligan.

The students were reduced to 14 men when lock Marc Campbell was yellow carded on 12 minutes.

Milligan missed the chance to double the students lead five minutes later when he was off target with a penalty from just inside the Banbridge half.

Queen’s nearly got the first try of the gamer when lock Alex Thompson made a line break after wrong footing a defender but he was hauled down in the visitors 22.

Milligan got his second penalty four minutes before the break after Banbridge were punished at the scrum.

Banbridge got back in the game with a try on 39 minutes.

Centre Andy Morrison made a break in midfield and offloaded to Adam Erivne, the winger was high tackled, Bann took a quick tap penalty and worked the ball to the wing for out half Robin Thompson to go over in the corner but Adam Doherty couldn’t convert from a tight angle.

Banbridge took the lead with their second try with the final play of the first half, the forwards made ground before Morrison took a great line for a reverse ball from Thompson and the centre sprinted under the posts and Doherty’s conversion gave the visitors a 12-6 half time lead.

Bann increased their lead seven minutes after the restart, following a series of five metre prop Stu Cromie went over and Doherty converted.

Banbridge sealed their bonus point on 59 minutes following another series of scrums close to the Queen’s line No8 Stephen Irvine picked up and drove over with Doherty’s conversion completing the scoring.

Queens: R Lyttle, J McPhillips, P Farrell, C McKee, C Kelly, J Milligan, J Fulletton; B Cunningham, N Sinclair, J Craig, M Campbell, A Thompson, P Marks, J Atkinson, S Martin

Replacements: S Herdman, J Southway, H Sloan, A Watts, L Free

Banbridge: A Doherty, J Porter. A Morrison, J Little, A Ervine, R Thompson, J Cromie; S Cromie, P Cromie, J McCrum, C Allen, M Bentley, N Voster, D Carson, S Ervine

Replacements: F Mulholland, C Bickerstaff, K Martin, S Scott, M O’Hagan