|RBAI RUGBY CLUB FIXTURES 2013/14|
|Date: Saturday March 1|
|3rd XV||CUP||Campbell 3XV||won||19--7|
|5th XV||PLATE||Ballymena 3XV||lost||13--17|
RUGBY SCHOOLS’ CUP QUARTER FINAL
RBAI V MCB Saturday February 22 2014.
From the very onset of the game the dominance of the MCB maul was evident and provided an extremely powerful asset gaining them much ground early on and putting considerable pressure on the RBAI defence.
RBAI however entered the game forcefully in attack, catching the MCB defence off guard, gaining important territory and camping on the five metre line for a short period.
A poor kicking performance from the MCB scrum half Fraser Wallace, allowed RBAI to continue their attacking pressure, however the skill of the MCB lineout made it very difficult for RBAI to gain good ball to initiate a set piece move.
A missed penalty kick by RBAI was a huge relief for MCB who looked shocked at the difference of the team they had beaten earlier in the year. This poor kicking performance would continue on through the game and would overall cost the RBAI team dearly, losing a possible 12 points that would have seen them clear winners.
The weight of the MCB forward pack was clear at scrum time, as Michael Lagan led his team forward with an impressive performance, but was stopped by RBAI prop Josh Lyness who also had a stand out performance.
A late try in the first half by MCB`s Conor McKee meant that MCB led at the end of the first half by five points to zero. This however was in contrast to the statistics of the game in which RBAI seemed to dominate both possession and territory.
Good handling by the RBAI backline allowed them to increase their pressure in attack, led by out half Fraser Wright the handling and communication of the backs was exemplary but was unable to gain any points due to the impressive defensive performance of MCB, led in the backline by inside centre Conor McKee.
The second half kicked off with another impressive display from Fraser Wright, leading to an MCB lineout deep in their own 22. A further missed penalty by Fraser Wright increased the pressure on his side, who continued to trail 5:3 on the scoreboard. However he would later relieve the pressure, with a penalty bringing the score to 5:6 in RBAI`s favour, but this lead was not long lasted.
MCB immediately fought back into the game, closing in on the Inst try line only to have a try disallowed by the brilliant defence of RBAI wing Conor Field. But a penalty Kick from Josh Bingham brought the score to 8:6 in MCB`s favour.
The dominance of MCB was clear until Saul Herdman, MCB number was sent off for foul play on RBAI`s Lewis McNamara. This gave RBAI a last chance of salvaging the game and coming away with a victory but the penalty kick was missed and RBAI heads fell down.
Overall, RBAI dominated most aspects of open play, although the MCB maul and lineout were essential to their victory they did not deliver the performance that would have been expected from them. RBAI played a very good game and were perhaps the better team on the day, having not lost so many chances in terms of penalties they would have come away victorious. MCB took their chance of the of the game and came away with the win.
By Matthew Young Year 13.
Inst won the match 14-7 with tries from Harry Cleland and Andrew McGrath, both converted by Fraser Wright.
Inst now progress to the quarter-final with a home draw against MCB on the 22nd Feb.
Action photos from the 1st XV v Dalriada in the 4th Round of the Schools' Cup.
|Date: Saturday February 8th|
|3rd XV||Vs||Antrim 1st XV||won||53--0|
|4th Xv||Vs||Antrim 2nd XV||won||75--7|
|5th XV||CUP||Coleraine 3rd Xv||lost||10--38|
|Medallion B||Vs||Antrim 'A'||won||47--7|
|Medallion C||Vs||Ballyclare 'B'||lost||0--38|
|UPCOMING CUP FIXTURES|
|Wednesday 12th Feb||2nd XV v BRA @ Osborne|
|Saturday 15th Feb||Medallion v Campbell @ Osborne kick off 10.30am|
|Saturday 22nd February||1st XV v Methody @ Osborne kick off 11.00am|
SCHOOLS’ CUP 3RD ROUND
DALRIADA V RBAI
Saturday February 8th 2014.
Match Report by Matthew Young
In tough conditions and on a pitch that had been subject to the poor weather conditions of the last week, the physical Dalriada XV delivered a performance to be proud of but it was not enough to defeat the strength of the RBAI team who won 14:7.
The Dalriada forwards pressed hard in the first half, leading to their team conceding only 7 points when it came to the interval.
RBAI's first points came from a quick tap penalty taken by Cameron Black which saw the RBAI second row Harry Cleland charge over the line for the first points of the half. The try successfully converted by RBAI outhalf Fraser Wright.
An impressive performance from the Dalriada 9 and 10 kept the RBAI defence constantly under threat. The Inst forwards did well to defend the constant forward attack from dalriada in the tough conditions.
The Dalriada blindside flanker did very well in the line out securing vital possession in key phases of the first half, allowing his team to increasing their attacking threat and testing the RBAI defence. However he was injured in the build up to the first inst try, forcing a substitution.
Dalriada had significant success with their driving maul forcing RBAI to step up their physicality in order to contain them.
They managed to retain good territory with much of the second half being played in the mud soaked area of the RBAI half.
The harsh conditions played their toll on Andrew McGaths throwing in the line out which flawed an otherwise solid performance, culminating in a good try from a pick and go on the Dalriada 5 meter line late in the second half to secure the lead for RBAI.
The Dalriada men refused to be disheartened and showed what they were capable of with a brilliant up and under kick by the Dalriada 10 followed up with a superb take by the 13, leading to Dalriada securing 7 points and closing the gap between themselves and their rivals.
Rory Bell after playing against Dalriada
The team after the match