Despite dire predictions of the weather that Storm Denis might bring, it was overcast and dry, mostly, and a southerly breeze blew across the pitch for yesterday’s Medallion Shield Quarter Final at Osborne, between RBAI and Bangor Grammar School.
Report and images courtesy of Bob Given Photography
After a tentative start ‘Inst’ settled first and took the lead on 8 minutes, through a David Armour try, close to the posts, converted by Josh Eagleson.
Play fluctuated between the ’22s’ and after 24 minutes James Hillman broke from halfway, evading some despairing tackles, to score an unconverted try to give ‘Inst’ a 12 – 0 lead.
Bangor responded on 27 minutes when their captain Isaac Moore scored an unconverted try in the corner, after a series of forward drives.
‘Inst’ were worth their 12 – 7 half time lead.
It was nip and tuck in the first half but ‘Inst’ took control after the break.
After 11 minutes and 16 minutes respectively Callum Simms and James Hillman added tries, both converted by Eagleson.
Starved of possession and territory Bangor could only make a few occasional forays into the ‘Inst’ half and conceded a further 2 unconverted tries, through ‘Inst’ captain Jacob Boyd to leave ‘Inst’ with a comprehensive 36 – 5 victory and a place in the semi finals.