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UBL  11th February 2017

Scorers: Andrew(1*Try), McCusker(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Donaghy(1*Try), Martin(1*Pen, 1*Conv)

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Match of the Day in Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League was undoubtedly the meeting of Rainey Old Boys and Tullamore under the lights at Hatrick Park. And this cracklng contest lived up to its billing.  On a bltterly cold evening,the crowd was taken on an emotional roller-coaster which helped them brave the elements.  The Co.Offaly side needed the points to overtake Rainey who knew that they faced dangerous opposition.  As play moved into time added on, Tullamore held a two point lead, but Rainey grabbed a dramatic try to claim a vital victory on a 25-22 scoreline.  On the balance of play, Rainey deserved to win, having led 17-7 at the break after facing the wind.

UBL  28th January 2017

Scorers: Donaghy(1*Try), J McMurray(1*Try), Barker(1*Try), McLean(1*Pen, 3*Conv)

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After a long trip to North West Cork with a depleted side,Rainey Old Boys were happy enough to hold on to beat Kanturk 24-16, but their joy will have been tempered by the likelihood of hooker George Fritz being out of action for some time.  The brilliant South African had to retire with a shoulder problem late in the fray which threatens to keep him out of some of the biggest games of the season in the coming weeks.

 

Rainey blew hot and cold throughout this well contested encounter, but,having established a favourable position going into the final quarter, failed to use the contours of the pitch to pin Kanturk in their own 22'.  A genuine bonus point opportunity was missed as indiscipline and the concession of too many penalties allowed Kanturk to boss the closing minutes.

UBL  21st January 2017

Scorers: Fritz(2*Try), McLean(2*Pen, 2*Conv)

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Two tries from South African hooker George Fritz and the unerring boot of young full-back Scott McLean helped Rainey Old Boys to a vital 20-17 victory over Limerick side Bruff in a tense AIL game at Hatrick Park last Saturday.  While Navan banked an expected bonus point from their game at Seapoint to move above Rainey on points difference, winning their game was all that the Old Boys were concerned with.  It took some very good tackling to swing this game in Rainey's favour, as their out of hand kicking and decision making was poor throughout.  Far too many penalties were conceded in good field positions and, once again, two Rainey players picked up yellow cards.

SONI Premiership 31st December 2016

Scorers: Wilson(1*Try), Andrew(1*Conv)

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For both Rainey Old Boys and Belfast Harlequins, the performance was more important than the outcome when they met in a SONI Premiership game at Hatrick Park.  The Deramore side have had their share of problems this season, but a 19-7 victory might help them to turn the corner.  For Rainey, poor home form has been a problem, but there can be no excuses for the fare their supporters had to watch on Saturday.  They were able to include three of the players who have missed much of the action in the first half of the season, but, with so many others still ruled out, were a pale shadow of the side which looked so sharp in the autumn.  A few more may be available for this week's game in the SONI Premiership at Bangor which has been brought forward to Thursday night ( 7.45 pm ), but, with the Bruff game getting ever closer, the position is far from ideal.

SONI Ulster Premiership 17th December 2016

Scorers: Andrew(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), McLean(2*Conv)

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Rainey Old Boys can thank their lucky stars that the AIL does not resume until January 21.  With many of their senior squad nursing injuries, two players in Wales with Ulster "A" and others resting for personal reasons, it was, more or less, a Second XV which faced Malone in a SONI Ulster Premiership game at Hatrick Park.  Not surprisingly, the Ulster Bank League Division 2A side took a bonus point from a facile 43-14 victory.  Rainey have two more Ulster League fixtures over the festive season and will be praying that  their absentees are soon back in action to get some game time in before the Bruff game.  Unless the attitude is right, they cannot expect to stay at the top of the table.