Bangor Grammar travelled the short distance to play Regent House, Newtownards in the first series of games in Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Group B on Saturday morning.
Overhead the rain fell and it was very gloomy for this North Down derby. Bangor went on the attack early on, pinning Regent back into their ’22’ and it was no surprise when Robbie Grant scored a try after 12 minutes, converted by Angus Christie.
Bangor continued to pressure the Regent line and after 21 minutes Jack Nesbitt crossed under the posts, with Christie adding the points.
Regent made occasional forays into the Bangor half but to no avail. Bangor increased their lead after 29 minutes when Alistair McConnell added a converted try. Then on the stroke of halftime Cameron Stewart added an unconverted try to leave Bangor leading comfortably at half time 24 – 0.
It was a different story after the break. Regent dominated territory and possession and camped in the Bangor 22, but were unable to break down a stout Bangor defence.
On 55 minutes Bangor broke out and after a series of fast ruck balls, close to the Regent line, Christie squeezed in for an unconverted try in the corner.
Regent continued to press but to no avail. Another Bangor break from their ’22’ allowed Paddy McLarnon to touch down unopposed under the posts on 28 minutes. Christie’s conversion completed the scoring.
As the rain turned torrential the game petered out in a series of scrums, rucks and mauls between the 10 metre lines.
Bangor thoroughly deserved their 36 – 0 victory, though Regent will wonder why they remained scoreless, given their 2nd half territory and possession.
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