Larne Grammar entertained Limavady Grammar at Upper Cairncastle Road on on a cold, wet Saturday morning with Limavady edging the game 3 tries to two.
Both teams wanted to get some game time under their belts ahead of the next round of the Schools Cup group stages next week and to their credit both teams tried to play entertaining rugby in difficult conditions.
Limavady started brightly and were on the scoreboard before I’d got my camera pointing in the right direction with Joshua Howe going over out wide for an unconverted try.
Larne slowly worked their way into the game and took a 7 – 5 lead after a try from Robin Wynn, converted by Euan Glenn towards the end of the first quarter.
The home side were dominating territory and possession but it was another 15 minutes before they got on the scoreboard again, this time Stuart McAllister battling over for an unconverted try on the half hour mark to push the lead out to 12 – 5.
Limavady raised their game for the remaining minutes of the half and after a period of sustained pressure, in the Larne 22, Howe battled to the line for his second score leaving Larne with a 12 – 10 lead at the break.
Conditions didn’t get any better in the second half and thankfully, for this cold wet and miserable cameraman, proceedings were called reasonably early by referee Alan McCourt.
Limavady had enjoyed the better of the second half and Jamie Clements scored the only points, with a try out wide after approximately 50 minutes.
The game was called on the hour mark with both teams getting as much as they were going to get out of the game in the conditions, though, both teams did have enough energy to sprint off to the changing rooms, rather than wait around for me to take pictures of the scorers lol.
About 150 images below.