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Provincial League Division 1 21st December 2019

Scorers: Mulholland(1*Try), McErlain(1*Try), Scullion(1*Try), Hastings(3*Try), Kearns(2*Conv)



In dull, damp conditions, Rainey II defeated Carrickfergus II 34 – 0 to continue their ascendancy atop Provincial League Division 1.  Although there was much about their performance to question, in the end they delivered the goods to run in six tries and register an emphatic victory.  They started and finished the match strongly, but for long periods of the first half they were a pale initiation of the team they have been all season.


Belying the muddy conditions underfoot Rainey started brightly, with Kearns sending Mulholland in at the corner after good work by the forwards. Five minutes later, McErlain barged over from short range through what appeared to be half of the Carrick pack, and when Kearns added the extras, Rainey seemed to be on their way to a comfortable win.

Provincial League 1 7th December 2019

Scorers: O’Neill(1*Try), Devlin(2*Try), Friel(1*Try), Kearns(3*Conv)



For the second successive match, Rainey II got off to the worst possible start, conceding a try to Ballynahinch III after only three minutes.  In the event, it proved to be a minor blip as they went on to register yet another bonus point win, running out 26-7 ahead in this Provincial Division 1 top of the table encounter, opening up a twelve point lead in the process.  With a trip to Carrickfergus still to negotiate in two weeks’ time, they should be looking to maintain their lead over the Christmas break.

Provincial League 1 30th November 2019

Scorers: Hastings(1*Try), Kearns(1*Try, 4*Conv), B.Hall(1*Try), Doherty(1*Try), Moran(1*Try)



After a lay-off of almost a month, Rainey II were understandably slow out of the blocks as they faced an energetic Dromore II for the third time this season.  Thankfully, they eventually shook off the rustiness to add another bonus-point win to their tally, emerging 33-10 winners, but they will know that improvements are needed if they are to keep the pressure on this league.  A string of good results has seen Queen’s II and Ballynahinch III emerge from the chasing pack, with ‘Hinch travelling to Hatrick Park next weekend for what promises to be a tight encounter.

Provincial League 1 2nd November 2019

Scorers: Harbinson(1*Try), Hastings(1*Try), Brown(1*Try), Kearns(1*Pen,3*Conv)



Rainey II travelled to The Dub in the knowledge their toughest test of the season so far was in store, and Queen’s II didn’t disappoint.  In a hectic, fast-flowing game, Rainey eventually came out on top, but as the match ended, both they and their travelling support were in no doubt about how close they had come to their first defeat of the season.


On a superb surface for running rugby, Rainey got off to a great start, with a try in the opening minutes.  A penalty kicked to the corner was secured, and flanker Harbinson powered over from short range.  Out-half Kearns duly added the extras and the visitors seemed to be on their way.  The students had other ideas.