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SONI Ulster Premiership League 8th March 2018

Scorers: M.McCusker(1*Try), Lamberton(1*Try), J.McMurray(1*Try), Martin(1*Conv)

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Rainey welcomed Dungannon to Hatrick Park last Thursday night for their final SONI Ulster Premiership League game and with nothing at stake, gave a run out to a number of fringe players.  Both sides tried to play a fast, open brand of rugby, but lacked accuracy.  Rainey had plenty of chances to win it, but Dungannon held on for a 20-17 victory.

 

Jason Bloomfield made a welcome return from injury and the former Ireland U19 scrum-half created the best try of the night and came close to winning it for his team in the last minute.

Ulster Bank AIL 17th February 2017

Scorers: O'Hagan(1*Try), J.McCusker(1*Try), Magrath(2*Pen, 2*Conv)

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Rainey Old Boys maintained their second placing in the league, but will have to play a lot better if they are to add to their points total.  On a lovely afternoon for playing rugby, the boost of an early try was not even enough to get them going and it took the boot of out-half Andy Magrath to ease them clear for a 23-14 victory.

 

After playing so well at Wanderers, this was a very poor display, making it a game to forget.  Concentration was almost non-existent and too many forwards stood out among the backs watching the ball carrier plough a lone furrow.  The passing and handling in such good conditions made it a  game of very few try-scoring chances, so different frame of mind will be essential at Barnhall in two weeks time.

Ulster Bank AIL 3rd February 2018
Scorers: Donaghy(2*Try), Lamberton(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), Magrath(2*Pen, 1*Drop Goal, 1*Conv)
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In a game that had just about everything, Rainey Old Boys, with a squad which was almost down to the bare bones, pulled off a remarkable 31-22 victory over Wanderers on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium to keep their promotion hopes alive.  The Dublin 4 side must be wondering how they took away nothing from a game which they dominated territorially.  With more options in the lineout, their pack provided a good backline with a steady stream of good ball, but Rainey worked their socks off to contain them, set them back with some crashing tackles and run in four exceptional tries for a dramatic, if unexpected,win.

Ulster Bank AIL 26th January 2018
Scorers: Magrath(2*Pen), 1*Pen Try

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As was feared, the loss of hooker Brad Roberts would be a major factor when Rainey Old Boys faced North Dublin side Skerries at Holmpatrick.  But it was not the sole reason why Rainey's ten game winning run came to an end.  Skerries were good value for their 20-13 victory, making the most of Rainey's poor decision making and silly mistakes.  To make matters even worse, ace flanker Paul Pritchard picked up a nasty head injury midway through the second half which could keep him out of action for some time.

Regional West 26th January 2018
Scorers: Friel 4*Try), Andrews(2*Try), Flanigan(1*Try), McGuckin(1*Try, 1*Conv), Higgins(1*Try, 4*Conv), Bell(1*Try), McSwiggan(1*Try)

Rainey III maintained their 100% record in Regional West when they ran out easy winners in a 0 – 65 encounter against Cookstown at Drapersfield last Saturday, with centre Friel bagging 4.  Although the pitch was soggy, it didn't prevent Rainey from playing some good running rugby as they consolidated their hold on the league.