A dominant second half from Larne saw them pull clear of Holywood at Kerr Park as both sides took their first steps on their return to rugby.
Larne coach Alasdair McKee took his team to his old stomping ground at Holywood RFC for their first pre-season friendly post lockdown. Despite the one sided scoreline it was a useful workout for both sides.
It was a tight enough first half with both sides playing well despite their extended lay off. Larne took the opportunity to showcase some of their newly recruites ex Larne Grammar School talent and Euan Glenn featured strongly at out half with Robbie Doey mixing a solid defence with some strong runs from full back.
However, it was veteran Aaron McBride that opened the scoring for Larne, the centre bustling through midfield to score close to the posts after 12 minutes. Scott Montgomery came close minutes later after an abrasive charge from Al Black but it was impressive scrum half Anton White that was next to cross after a successful kick and chase. Glenn added the extras to give Larne a 12- 0 lead after 15 minutes.
Holywood piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half but they were unable to break down the well organised Larne defence and a storming 50 yarder from Larne’s Rhys Thomas on the stroke of half time gave the visitors a comfortable 19 – 0 lead as the teams changed ends, after Glenn added the conversion.
A flying start to the second half from Larne knocked the fight out of Holywood as Stephen Dickie and Glenn crossed in quick succession.
Further scores came from McBride, Black, Eddy Hunter and Andrew Hyndman with Scott Kane claiming the last. Calum McKay knocked over some monster conversions to give a final score of Holywood 0 Larne 64.