Rainey OB 7-24 Old Wesley -
Early pacesetters Old Wesley made it four wins out of four when they easily defeated a toothless Rainey Old Boys side 24-7 at a gloomy Hatrick Park.
On an afternoon of strange results, Rainey now know that they have their work cut out to secure a place at this level for next season.
On a cold, windy day, the Donnybrook men must surely be regretting missing out on a bonus point that was there for the taking.
Rainey were again in trouble straight from the kick-off, handing the opposition the perfect attacking platform and then a penalty.
Wesley were penalized, but almost immediately their Number 8 was allowed to canter through with alarming ease to create the first try of the day.
Rainey Number 8 McGowan then got back to save the day when the visitors worked the narrow side, but Wesley retained possession to edge further ahead with a penalty.
Rainey,on a rare visit to the other half, hooked a shot at goal wide and then conceded a penalty in midfield to fall further behind.
Rainey’s indiscipline was to cost them again when yet another penalty made it 14-0 after 25 minutes and their dim prospects became even dimmer when scrum-half Fleming retired with an injury.
Left-wing Martin moved in to do his best behind a struggling pack. Wesley fluffed a clear chance when Rainey out-half Emerson brought off a great tackle but then took too long to clear his lines and had his kick charged down.
They did, however, make it 17-0 just before the break when Rainey flanker Lees was yellow carded.
Rainey finally showed a little more urgency, but lacked control.
McCloskey failed to allow enough for the wind with a penalty and it was business as usual when Wesley worked their way to the other end to rumble over at the posts.
They lacked a ruthless streak, however, and Rainey forced a number of penalties as Wesley lost a forward to the sin-bin.
They scored when Bangor lad Andrew Shaw dived over for his first try for the club.
Any hopes of a losing bonus point were quickly dispelled, however, as Wesley were never troubled for the rest of a very poor game.
Rainey’s young forwards were simply not strong enough for a much more streetwise Wesley pack.
Team: R McCloskey, M Gordon, J McMurray, N Stirling, G Martin, T Emerson, J Fleming, S Rutledge, J Roe, N O’Kane, P Boyle, T Barker, J Lees, D Dawson, P McGowan.
Replacements: A Shaw, P Stewart, J Crowe, R McCusker, R Squires.