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Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 17th January 2015.

Monday, 19 January 2015


There were quite a number of games cancelled due to the prevailing weather conditions

which existed at many schools on Saturday 17th January. However, some games did take

place, including one game in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd xv Cup, as well as three

games in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield.


Royal Belfast Academical Institution V Limavady Grammar School

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Cup the Royal Belfast Academical Institution

team recorded a resounding victory against the visiting Limavady Grammar School team.


Friends’s School Lisburn V Belfast High School

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield Friends’ School, Lisburn travelled

to play Belfast High School. The Lisburn team came away with a very satisfactory 44-0



Down High School V Coleraine Academical Institution

Meanwhile, the Down High School Medallion xv recorded a well-deserved 29-0

win against the Coleraine Academical Institution Medallion.


Grosvenor Grammar School V Portora Royal School

The Grosvenor Grammar School Medallion hosted the Portora Royal School Medallion team in game that finished

in a 3-3 draw. The replay of that game should be scheduled for Tuesday 20th January.



The postponed Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield 3rd Round games involving

Rainey Endowed School and Banbrdge Academy, Royal School, Armagh and Royal School,

Dungannon, Limavady Grammar School and Portadown College, Belfast Royal Academy

and Regent House and Dromore High School and Bangor Grammar School should be re-

scheduled for Tuesday 20th January.


Five friendly games did survive the weather conditions on Saturday 17th January.


Friends’ School, Lisburn V Methodist College

Friends’ School travelled to play a Methodist College “Select” xv. Despite good

performances from some of the younger Friends’ School players such as Curtis Dundas

and Ryan Hall, the Lisburn team lost a very entertaining game by 51-35.


Methodist College V Christian Brothers College

Methodist College 1stxv was entertaining Christian Brothers College from

Monkstown in Dublin. In another entertaining game, which saw the Methody team take

control of affairs early on, the Methodist College team emerged as 26-18 winners. Josh

Jordan opened the Methodist College account with a try which the impressive Robert

Lyttle converted. The Methodist College 7-0 lead soon became 14-0 when Ben O’Reilly

touched down for a try following good work from his backs. Robert Lyttle added the

extras. The CBC Monkstown team came back with a drop goal, as well a converted try,

to reduce the arrears to 14-10 at the break.

The second half saw the Methodist College captain, Saul Herdman, take advantage of a

well-controlled driven maul by the Methody pack to touch down for an unconverted try

and give his team a 19-10 lead. The CBC Monkstown team responded with a penalty, as

well as an unconverted try, to reduce the deficit to 19-18. However, a second well-

organised Methodist College driven maul, following a lineout, ended with Ben O’Reilly

touching down for his second try of the game. Robert Lyttle added the conversion to

secure the 26-18 victory for the Methodist College team.


Royal School, Dungannon V Antrim Grammar School

Royal School, Dungannon travelled to play Antrim Grammar School and returned home

with a resounding 43-0 win. This game turned out to be a useful run out both teams who

will play their Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy Quarter-Final games next weekend.

The RS Dungannon team will travel to play Cambridge House under the lights at Eaton

Park on the evening of Friday 23rd January.

The RS Dungannon team started this game strongly and had built up a 26-0 lead by the

interval. The first score of the game came midway through the first half when Adam

Cranston took advantage of a clever off-load to run in for a try. John Buckley

converted the try to give his team a 7-0 lead. Five minutes later, Jonny Black ran in

from forty metres to touch down for an unconverted try and increase the RS

Dungannon lead to 12-0. Pressure from the RS Dungannon scrum led to a second try

from Adam Cranston. John Buckley converted the try and the RS Dungannon lead was

now 19-0. Just before the interval, the hard-working Peter Doran scored a try, which

John Buckley converted, to increase the Royal School, Dungannon lead to 26-0 at


The Antrim Grammar School team came out at the start of the second half and put a

lot of pressure on the RS Dungannon defence. They should have scored on a number of

occasions only to be let down by the final pass. The RS Dunganon team recovered from

the onslaught and Jonny Black touched down for his second try of the game to increase

their lead to 31-0. A third Jonny Black try, converted by John Buckley, increased the

RS Dungannon lead to 38-0 going in to the final quarter of the game. The final try of

the game came from Archie Hanna who broke away from his half before he touched

down for an unconverted try. This secured the deserved 43-0 win for the Royal School,

Dungannon team.


Campbell College V St Andrew’s School, Dublin

Campbell College hosted St Andrew’s School from Dublin. The St Andrew’s School team

won the game by 19-10.


Wallace High School V Blackrock College Development Team

Meanwhile, Wallace High School travelled to  Dublin. The game was

played at agreat pace with both schools willing to move the ball

at every opportunity. The Wallace High School team recorded an excellent 16-11

victory, one which maintained their undefeated run this season. Michael Smyth and

Andrew Cardosi scored tries when they took advantage of good work from Neil

Kilpatrick and Ryan Wilson. Ryan added two penalties to secure the Wallace High

School win.


Sullivan Upper

Sullivan Upper took the weekend off to travel to Portugal for a Training Camp in

preparation for their forthcoming Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup campaign.

Their next scheduled game has been re-organised for Wednesday 21st

January at Osborne Park.