Donaghadee RFC I XV 25 Ballyclare RFC I XV 19

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Back to back league wins underpin league recovery

After the stirring home win against Portadown last week the Dee travelled to Ballyclare with more confidence than they might otherwise have done but were mindful of the fact that The Cloughan has not been a happy hunting ground since promotion to Q1 was achieved in 2011. With Max Montgomery, Adam Alexander and Stephen Adams not available this week Kyle Morrow, Andrew Findlater and Jack Cooke stepped into the breach with Rhys Thompson coming onto the bench to allow Mark Cooper to play at No. 10 for the 2nd XV.
With the game starting at a frenetic pace it was the White Hare men who were first on the scoreboard after they turned over ball on the Dee ten metre line and broke blind to allow a score in the right-hand corner – full-back Collie Morrow adding the extras. The Dee immediately struck back after some imaginative play in the Clare half let No. 10 Paul Blewitt spin ball to Paul McKenzie who released left wing Tommy Slane to score in the corner after evading his would be tacklers . With the conversion missed the Dee again pressed the home defence over an extended period near their five metre line leading to a scrum from which No. 8 Jack Cooke picked up to feed Alastair Lockhart who powered over in characteristic manner……. see the match report at

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