Wallace High ran out winners by 26 points to 12 against St Gerard’s School Bray on Saturday morning in Lisburn.
It was a typical early season match with both sides a little scrappy and both showing a touch of early season white line fever.
St Gerards were first to score, about 15 minutes in, when their industrious right wing crossed out wide for a converted try to give the visitors a seven point lead.
Wallace got to grips with the game thereafter but it took them until the closing minutes of the first half to get on the scoreboard with more than a few chances being coughed up.
Finn Rankin was the first to cross, for an unconverted try, before prop Scott Wilson broke clear through the centre to finish up under the posts. Lewis Nelmes converted to give the high school a 12 – 7 lead at the break.
The influential Ben Carson crossed, and converted, for Wallace’s third, minutes into the second half and the centre had a second disallowed with the referee unsighted.
St Gerard’s were under pressure for most of the second half but they managed to cross out wide in one of their few excursions into the Wallace half to take the score to 19 – 12.
However, Wallace had the final say with Reuben Crothers touching down, for Nelmes to convert, giving Wallace a 26 – 12 win.