Instonians maintained their top spot in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division one with a hard fought 3 – 19 win against Coleraine at Rugby Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Instonians dominated territory and possession but a succession of mistakes and a spirited Coleraine defence kept the mscoreless in the first quarter.

Coleraine eventually broke the siege and progressed upfied to claim a penalty towards the end of the second quarter. However Instonians resumed their attack and finally found the try line when Rory McCurry drove over with minutes to go to half time. Fraser Wright added the conversion to give a score of Coleraine 3 Instonians 7 at the break.

Josh Atkinson added a second mid way through the third quarter, which was again converted by Wright to push the score to 3 – 14 and as the clock ticked on towards full time, substitute hooker Neill Saulters burst through for Instonians third. No conversion this time leaving the final score Coleraine 3 Instonians 19.

The other results in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1 can be seen below.

Ballyclare 13 5 CIYMS
Coleraine 3 19 Instonians
Cooke 50 7 Clogher Valley
Enniskillen 18 7 Carrickfergus
Portadown 18 17 Dromore

The results leave Instonians and Ballyclare scrapping it out at the top of the table with Instonians edging it on points difference.

TEAM P W D L PTS
Instonians 11 10 0 1 47
Ballyclare 11 10 0 1 47
C.I.Y.M.S 11 6 0 5 29
Dromore 11 5 0 6 28
Carrickfergus 11 5 0 6 24
Cooke 10 5 0 5 23
Enniskillen 11 4 0 7 18
Portadown 11 4 0 7 18
Coleraine 10 3 0 7 17
Clogher Valley 11 2 0 9 9

 

Photo credit – Graham Service Photography

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