Wallace High School recorded a win against Sullivan Upper School on Saturday morning in an entertaining game.
Both teams are looking to rebuild after losing a few graduates to the Ireland U20’s side during lockdown and, as with most of the sides we’ve covered this season, the early exchanges were full of intent though a bit scrappy.
Wallace were first on the score board, towards the end of the first quarter with Zac Lindsay scoring an unconverted try, out wide, to give the home side a 5 – 0 lead.
It was a lead they took to the break with defences dominating in a fairly even first half.
Wallace enjoyed a strong start to the second half and a bustling run from Cameron Doak was finished off by hooker Harry Wright close to the posts. Charlie Beattie added the conversion to push the score along to 12 – 0.
Sullivan looked for a response and enjoyed their fair share of possession but they were unable to break down the Wallace defence.
It looked as though Wallace were going to run away with the game after a bruising run from Adam McClean ended with their third try, Matthew Halliday’s conversion pushing the score along to 19 – 0 at the start of the third quarter, however some general indiscipline opened the door for their opponents and they came rushing through.
Sullivan out half Patrick McFerran started the ball rolling with a successful penalty before a penalty try was awarded, for an early tackle out wide, and the visitors gave themselves the chance of an extraordinary come back when impressive No 8 Roy Carson bundled over for a try minutes later to make it a one score game, at 19 -15, with minutes to play.
However, the home side regained their composure in the final minutes and held on for that all important win.