It’s the final week of the 2015 predictions and, as such we only have two more games to make a call on; so who will be the happy two from this final week of fixtures?
(Don’t forget that entries must be in by 2pm on Tuesday 17rd March).
Both of these sides came through their respective semifinals against Coleraine AI and Methodist College in somewhat controversial circumstances, with RBAI scoring from what looked like forward pass and Methodist College having an acceptable try ruled out. However, this doesn’t change the fact that it will be these two sides to face off against one another, a fixture made all the more appealing as RBAI are the only Ulster side to have played Wallace HS and not be defeated, the friendly fixture ending in a 17-17 draw. However, RBAI struggled in their semifinal against Coleraine AI and would be seen as fortunate by some not to have exited in that round; their performance certainly looked off from a team who earlier in the season held the still-undefeated Wallace HS to a draw. On the other hand, the Lisburn side looked resilient against a powerful Methody team and were to hold on as well as, crucially, take the limited chances offered to them to score. For these reasons, I reckon it will be Wallace HS who will finally break that four times runners-up record and claim the Cup for the first time in their history.
MY PICK: Wallace HS
At the beginning of the season Down HS looked as though they may be dark horses for this year’s Cup, starting with a six wins out of seven, while Ballymena Academy were far off their usual pace, losing to the likes of Ballyclare HS and Coleraine AI. However, as the season has progressed, and now on the verge of a Plate final, their respective forms could not be closer together, although Ballymena Academy now look the slightly better side. Down HS appear to have lost some of that killer form which carried them along in earlier fixtures, making hard work against the likes of Bangor GS and Regent House on the way to this final. On the other hand, Ballymena have looked convincing against Sullivan Upper and Portora RS in their Plate games and even gave Methodist College a good game in their opening Cup match. For these reasons I reckon they will be the winners come the end of the week.
MY PICK: Ballymena Academy
Have a better idea of what to go for now? Get your entry in HERE before the earlier deadline of 2pm on Tuesday 17th March and don’t forget to enter your scores for each team.