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Tuesday 20 February 2018

McKinney steadies students

THOUGH Queen's wound up winning comfortably, they failed to maintain their usual high standards against Banbridge at Upper Malone on Saturday.

The students did not play like a side that finished top of Division 3, setting an AIL record by scoring 580 points from their 15 games as they completed their programme with only one defeat -- against Midleton in the first game of the season.

It was a rather flattering scoreline as their forwards were outplayed for most of the game, so there will need to be a considerable improvement before the final against Nenagh Ormond in Dublin on Saturday.

Queen's were only 22-17 in front at half-way, but gradually gained the upper hand. Ireland U-20 out-half John McKinney again produced an excellent performance, playing a big part in many of the six tries -- from Johnny Shiels (two), David McIlwaine, Paul Karayiannis, Mark Robinson and Andy Linton -- as well as kicking three conversions and a penalty.

Chris Leathem scored two tries for Banbridge, with Michael Cromie also crossing.

Queen's Univ -- D McIlwaine; S Campbell, M Hooks, J Shiels, M Arneill; J McKinney, M Pyper; P Karayiannis, M Boyd, M Sampson; M Ferguson, A Linton; P McGowan, M Robinson, C O'Neill.

Banbridge - S Scott; D Black, A Ervine, A Finlay, C Leathem; R Thompson, N Farr; M Cromie, J Murphy, B Hanna, C Allen, C Bickerstaff; R Patterson, S Irvine, M Irvine.

Ref -- P Haycock.

Irish Independent

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