Dalriada ease into third round of Schools’ Cup
Thursday, 12 January 2017
DALRIADA progressed to the third round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup with a resounding 48-3 win over Larne Grammar School.
The game was played in near perfect conditions and provided some excellent schoolboy rugby for the enthusiastic supporters from both schools.
A nervous start from both teams saw both packs of forwards trying to dominate each other with neither gaining much of an advantage and both backlines getting frustrated with their spectating role.
The Larne tactics of driving close ensured they had lots of possession but were unable to make any ground. When they then resorted to kicking in behind the Dalriada defence they had to deal with a dangerous Dalriada counter-attack.
It was from such an instance that Dalriada gained their first points when Ewan Rodgers, playing on the left wing, was on the end of one such counter-attack to score a try out wide on the left. Paddy Elliott was successful with the conversion to give his team a 7-0 lead.
Almost immediately Larne hit back with a penalty which came as a result of a Dalriada player straying offside in front of their posts.
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