On a sunny, but breezy Saturday morning Royal Belfast Academical Institution clashed with Omagh Academy in the Schools Cup Round of 16.
Inst applied pressure from the kick off and took the lead after 3 minutes, through a Jack Parkinson try, converted by Josh Eagleson. Omagh replied 2 minutes later with a Andrew Johnson penalty goal to leave Inst leading 7-3.
An Eagleson penalty goal eased Inst to 10-3. Omagh, who had been under the cosh began to play more expansive rugby and were rewarded on 21 minutes, when Alex Colhoun burrowed his way over beside the posts for a try, converted by Johnson, to level the teams.
After that Inst dominated possession and territory. Andrew Hamil scored on 25 minutes, converted by Eagleson and in the last play of the half Conor McGrath touched down. Eagleson converted to give Inst a 24-10 halftime lead.
Inst started the second half where they left off in the first. Eagleson converted his own try 2 minutes after the restart and Jamie Beattie’s try wide out on the left, converted by Eagleson, after 46 minutes took Inst out to 38-10.
A raft of Inst substitutions and a yellow card, coupled with Omagh’s refusal to lie down made for a very even last quarter.
Omagh had the last say with a Reece Braden try to bring the score up to 38-15.
Inst can look forward to an away quarter final tie against Sullivan Upper School, who defeated Foyle College.
Schools Cup Quarter Final Draw
The following fixtures will take place on or before Saturday the 12th of February 2022.
- Campbell College v Dromore High School
- Sullivan Upper v RBAI
- Wallace High School v Ballymena Academy
- Ballyclare High School v Methodist College Belfast