Championship 1: Instonians 38 Cooke 20

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Davie Hayes caught up with the most local of derbies as Instonians entertained Cooke at, their shared facilities, Shaws Bridge in an Ulster Championship Division 1 match.

Instonians have been ripping up a storm in the Championship this season with 8 wins from 8 games in the championship and a 97% match point pick up, only failing to secure a try bonus in one game.

However, Cooke were on a run of two wins and a draw in their last three and after a with a big win at Portadown last weekend they would have gone into this game with some confidence.

In a few of the Instonians matches we’ve covered this season they have had a slow enough start and pulled away in the second half and so it proved in this game. The “home” side did get on the scoreboard fairly quickly though with winger Zac Davidson getting the opening score after 4 minutes.

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