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Ulster Bank AIL 7th October 2017
Scorers: Magrath(3*Pen, 4*Conv), O'Neill(1*Try), R.McCusker(1*Try), D.McMurray(1*Try), McIlroy(2*Try)

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Games between Rainey Old Boys and Barnhall tend to be tight, tense, but interesting affairs and the big crowd that gathered at Hatrick Park were not to be disappointed by the entertainment they were about to witness.  Sharing third place, this was a big game for both clubs and at the half hour stage there was nothing in it.  But, the visitors' lack of discipline was to prove crucial as Rainey seized the initiative to run in four tries in the final quarter to pick up an unlikely bonus point in a 42-10 win.  In attendance was Ulster's Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, a guest of Rainey stalwart Graffin Parke, who is, of,course, President of the Ulster Branch this season.

Ulster Bank AIL 30th September 2017
Scorers: Bloomfield(1*Try), J.McCusker(1*Try), Rutledge(1*Try), Magrath(2*Pen, 1*Conv)

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After a stellar effort at Navan, it was perhaps, inevitable that Rainey Old Boys might struggle to produce that level of performance at Deramore Park where they would have been seeking a winning bonus point.  They won by a comfortable enough 23-7 margin, but missed out on a bonus which they did not deserve.  They had plenty of possession and found themselves in countless strong field positions, but made far too many handling errors, persisting on going for offloads that were simply too ambitious.

 

When Collegians and North amalgamated in 1999, they enjoyed reasonable success as Belfast Harlequins in the top Division of the AIL. But in recent seasons, they have struggled and been unable to halt the slide.  After two successive relegations, they can no longer attract the top young players and face a long winter after losing their first three games.

Ulster Bank AIL 23rd September 2017

Scorers: Magrath(2*Pen, 2*Conv), Pritchard(1*Try), Crooks(1*Try)

 

The clash of promoted clubs Navan and Rainey Old Boys attracted a big crowd to Balreask Old where they saw Rainey hold on for a deserved win in a high class, thrill-a-minute affair.  The Old Boys had only thirteen players on the park when Navan scored to creep closer, but they defended heroically in their new change strip to take the points and make up for not getting the rub of the green against Old Crescent on the opening day of the AIL.

 

Few, if any, sides will leave Navan with anything, so this is just the boost Rainey needed.  Out-half Andy Magrath got his line moving really well throughout the game, opting to keep the ball in hand most of the time against the blustery wind and his place-kicking was exceptional.  The tackling of the backs had to be spot on and it was.  The pack worked their socks off against a very big Navan unit with Pritchard and Barker outstanding.  John McCusker stole some great ball in the lineout, but on the three occasions when they went to the corner rather than go for the posts, Navan denied them good ball.

Ulster Bank AIL 16th September 2017
Scorers: Magrath(3*Pen, 1*Conv), McMurray(1*Try), Quinn(1*Try)
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The Division 2B game between Rainey Old Boys and Old Crescent at Hatrick Park had an agonising ending for the home side.  An away win looked a formality midway through the second half, but Rainey threw caution to the wind to put in a monumental effort in the last quarter which left them with a kick at goal to take a last minute lead.  But Andy Magrath's conversion attempt from out on the right came back off the inside of a post to give the Limerick men an invaluable 22-21 victory.


Rainey were naturally hugely disappointed at losing their opening home game, a game which they expected to be very tough.  Their lineout did not function that well and at times they were outrucked as a result of not committing enough forwards to the breakdown.  But, the fact is that they were simply very unlucky.  They never seemed to get the bounce of the ball and lost possession on numerous occasions within a yard of the goal-line.  The Rainey scrum was never in trouble, yet was penalised regularly, while a succession of baffling decisions had the crowd on the referee's back long before half-time.

SONI Ulster League 9th September 2017

Scorers: McIlroy(1*Try, 1*Pen, 3*Conv), Barker(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), P.McCusker(1*Try)

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There has been a real buzz around Rainey Old Boys rugby club this summer with the news that recruitment has gone really well.  The strength in depth of the senior squad will improve greatly and some of the newcomers are top quality players who can have a real impact.  Many of the attendance at last Saturday's SONI Ulster League game with Omagh Academicals would have been getting their first glimpse of some of these players and, while Rainey won that game 29-21, they will be hoping that they can hit the ground running when they entertain Old Crescent in Week 1 of the AIL on Saturday.