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Robbie Mathers' treble inspires Banbridge to victory

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 06/01/2016

Catch up: Busy week for schools in the Danske Bank Medallion Shield
Catch up: Busy week for schools in the Danske Bank Medallion Shield

Three tries from No.8 Robbie Mathers helped Banbridge Academy to a 27-0 victory over Antrim Grammar in the second round of the Danske Bank Schools' Medallion Shield.

Mathers, who has already shown his strength and ability this season, put his team firmly ahead with the first three tries. Scrum-half Jack Carson converted one for a 17-0 interval lead.

The trend continued after the restart with the home forwards having the better of the exchanges. Prop forward Elliott McCormick picked up from close in to dive over but the best try was still to come.

Centre Andy Denver cut through, side stepped and put Harry Chambers in for the fifth.

A great team effort from Regent House knocked out Wellington College 55-7.

Regent ran in nine tries and their top scorer was centre Ethan McFerran, who bagged three. Full-back Stuart Martin also crossed the line, and kicked five conversions.

After Regent had taken a 10-point lead, Wellington's Marcus Smith intercepted and ran the length of the pitch to score before adding the conversion.

Graham Cloke, meanwhile, has had a positive influence in Ulster rugby and his coaching skills were evident when Larne Grammar defeated Lurgan College 26-17.

Lurgan started well with two unconverted tries but Larne struck back to lead 12-10 at the halfway stage. Prop Jordan McElhinney crossed before flanker Jacob Holst did likewise for Cameron Lowe to goal. Holst added a second before their opponents reduced the deficit to 19-17. Larne made sure with a late converted try.

Belfast High face Omagh Academy this afternoon and Cambridge House are at home to Friends School tomorrow.

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