Tuesday 20 March 2018

AIl at a glance

Division 2

USA international Paul Emerick bagged a hat-trick for Malone as they made an eye-catching start to the season by beating Old Wesley 39-3 at a rain-soaked Donnybrook.

Relegated Ballynahinch started with a 40-16 victory at Corinthians, while Ballymena also had a fine start with a big away win at Midleton.

Belfast Harlequins were another Ulster side to get off to a strong start with a 31-7 home win over Thomond.

Terenure College fell to a 22-8 home defeat to Bective Rangers, while UCD saw off DLSP, Trinity beat Queens 30-10 at College Park and Old Crescent opened with a win over Clonakilty.

Division 3

New boys Seapoint and City of Derry hit the ground running in senior rugby with big away wins.

The Dubliners travelled to Magherafelt to trounce Rainey Old Boys 40-15, while the Foylesiders downed Connemara on a 39-21 scoreline.

Naas won away at Ards, while NUIM Barnhall squeezed past Banbridge. Nenagh Ormond, Instonians and Wanderers all got off to winning starts.

Star turn

James Coughlan (Dolphin)

Munster's decision not to select Coughlan was certainly Dolphin's gain as the No 8 led from the front for his club as they beat Shannon, scoring the game's only try in the process.

One to watch

Stewart Maguire (Old Belvedere)

Giant prop Maguire is exciting forwards coaches in Leinster who see him as a real long-term prospect. Standing at 6ft 5in and weighing 21 stone, the 20-year-old can scrummage and is good in the tight, but needs to work on his all-round game.

Number of the day

11The number of away wins secured on Saturday out of 23 games across the divisions -- a good day for travelling sides.

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