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,
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
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.