The enlarged squads of Instonians U16’s and Bangor U16’s met on Saturday morning for a ‘hit out’ at Shaw’s Bridge.
Report and images by Bob Given.
The game was played over three 20 minute periods to allow coaches to rotate their squads. After a tentative start, Bangor turned the screw scoring 3 tries on 5, 14 and 20 minutes, 2 converted, to lead 19-0 at the end of the first ‘third’.
The squads were rotated for the second ‘third’, which lead to some hesitancy as players learned to cope with the substitutions. After a flowing move Instonians scored a converted try on 34 minutes. The rest of the third remained scoreless as a persistent drizzle settled in.
As the drizzle got heavier good ball handing became at a premium and the third ‘third’ deteriorated into a series of knocks on and scrums.
There was no further scoring, leaving Bangor victors by 19-7.