RAINEY II 12 - 35 BALLYMENA

2nd XV League 1st October 2022

Scorers: S.Hastings(1*Try), Hall(1*Try),  Pollock(1*Conv)

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On a day of brilliant sunshine and torrential rain at Hatrick Park, Rainey II came up against the brutal effectiveness of a strong opposition scrum, losing 12-35 against Ballymena II.  While Rainey were more than a match for the opposition in all other aspects, Ballymena were able to use their scrum to generate penalties at will.  Such was the disparity, it is to Rainey’s credit that they only conceded 5 tries, while scoring 2 of their own, with the result still in doubt until well into the final quarter.

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BELFAST HARLEQUINS II 21 – 38 RAINEY OLD BOYS II

2nd XV League 17th September 2022

Scorers: Evans(2*Try), Hall(2*Try), McCrum(1*Try), Pollock(1*Pen, 5*Conv)

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Kicking off against a heavier and more experienced ‘Quins IIs, Rainey’s second string coped well with early pressure, their defence more than a match for the home team. Both sides exchanged attacking chances, but it was Rainey who drew first blood after 15 mins, when a visit to The Quins’ 22 earned them a penalty, ably converted by Pollock.

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BELFAST HARLEQUINS II 0 - 42 RAINEY II

Provincial 1 29th February 2020
Scorers: McIntosh(1*Try), Friel(1*Try), N.Hastings(1*Try), Doherty(1*Try), Millar(1*Try), G.Hall(1*Try), Evans(6*Conv)

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In an echo of their last league outing, Rainey II started away from home, playing into the teeth of Storm Jorge as they took on Belfast Harlequins II at Deramore.  With a biting gale blowing straight across the pitch making it a day for the short-range game, they scored three converted tries either side of the half to clinch another bonus-point win.  

 

As the elements deteriorated with every passing minute, the referee opted to start the game 5mins early, with the result that supporters arriving on time missed Rainey’s opening score, Prop McIntosh barging over between the posts from short range.  Out-half Evans, who had a superlative day with the boot, duly knocked over the first of his six conversions despite the conditions.

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OMAGH II 24 – 17 RAINEY II

Town’s Cup 1st February 2020

Scorers: Kearns(1*Try), N.Hastings(1*Try), Mulholland(1*Try), Evans(1*Conv)

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Rainey II’s short run in the Towns Cup came to an abrupt halt on Saturday, when they were defeated 24 – 17 by a strong Omagh II team.  In a bruising encounter, easily the most physical of the season so far, the main difference between the two sides was in the battle up front.  The bigger, heavier pack of the Tyrone side  gained an early advantage in the scrums and despite their best efforts, the Rainey forwards spent a torrid afternoon trying defiantly to hold them at bay.

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BALLYCLARE II 7 - 63 RAINEY II

Provincial 1 8th February 2020

Scorers: G.Hall(3*Try), Nevin(1*Try), N.Hastings(2*Try), J.Hastings(1*Try), Friel(1*Try), Donaghy(1*Try), Evans(9*Conv)

 

 

With the threat of Storm Ciara fast approaching, Rainey II travelled to The Cloughan to face Ballyclare II in the league last Saturday.  In a display of scintillating rugby, they blew up a storm of their own, scoring nine converted tries in a 7-63 victory.  With two thirds of the league programme completed, they have a healthy seven-point lead over the chasing pack, with two games in hand. 

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COLERAINE 16 - 31 RAINEY II

River Rock Towns Cup 11th January 2020

Scorers: G.Hall(1*Try), M.Nevin(1*Try), R.Kearns(1*Pen, 2*Conv), (2*Pen Try)

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With steady rain and a brisk wind blowing across the pitch, spectators gathered at Sandel Lodge for the first round of the River Rock Towns' Cup  between Coleraine and Rainey could have been expecting a dour display of "up-the-jumper" rugby.  If so, they were to be pleasantly surprised.  Both teams largely belied the conditions, serving up an entertaining thriller.  The result was in doubt until well into the final quarter, with Rainey emerging eventual victors on a 16-31 scoreline.

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