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Rugby: Portora and Campbell show promising early season form

The schools' rugby season got underway early in the new school year with a number of fixtures played right at the start of term time.

Portora Royal 1st XV, fresh from a successful tour to Australia in July, showed good early form with two impressive victories over Wellbeck College from London and Sullivan Upper School.

Campbell College made it two wins out of two for Ulster Schools' teams over Wellbeck College with a comprehensive victory against the English visitors.

Belfast Royal Academy hosted Dublin CUS for a series of controlled matches.

This was a useful exercise for the BRA squad with a large number of players having the opportunity to play against the Dublin visitors.

During the week, Methodist College entertained Foyle and Londonderry College. The visitors put on a fighting display before eventually succumbing to the strong MCB team 28-5.

All the points were scored in the second half with Ulster Schools' U19's squad member Adam Macklin scoring two tries, fellow U19's squad member Sean Conway scoring one and Schools' U18 player Michael Allen scoring one try. Out half Paddy Robinson had a fine afternoon with the boot, hitting all four conversions.

Foyle refused to give up at any stage and got a consolation try at the end as a reward for their endeavours. Prominent throughout the match for the visitors were John Burns, Tom Patton, Andrew Semple and Paul Mc Feely.

Methody continued their strong start to the season with a convincing win over Sullivan Upper who had a convincing mid week win over RS Dungannon.

Methody won by 32-0 with tries from Robinson, Conway, Annett and Edgar. Paddy Robinson continued his early season form with the boot when he kicked two conversions and three penalties to add to his try against Sullivan

RS Armagh made the journey to Bangor and began their season in fine form with a convincing 25-0 win. Star for the visitors was new recruit to the school Jonny Pollock who gave a commanding display and rounded of his debut with two tries.

Larne GS entertained Down HS and got an early scare when the visitors took the lead somewhat against the run of play when David Harpur went over for arty which was converted by Matthew Morton. However, Larne came storming back and scored four tries through full back Lee Miller and wingers Gary Mills and Stuart McIlwaine who got two. Lee Miller had a successful day with his kicking when he added all four conversions to leave the home team deserved 28-7 winners.

Coleraine AI lost narrowly in midweek to the Ulster Youth XV but made up for this defeat with a comprehensive 37-0 win over Carrickfergus GS. Star performer for the CAI team was right wing Alan Gourley who scored four tries.

Grosvenor GS started their season of with a fine 41-10 victory over a spirited Dalriada team.

Irish Schools' winger Mark Atkinson scored four tries with out half Scott Martin adding a fifth. Martin added five conversions as well as two penalties.

RBAI entertained a young Omagh Academy side and had too much fire power for the Tyrone visitors. Inst won the game by 33-3.

Meanwhile, Rainey ES made the journey to Regent House but got little out of the home team who won by 10-0. The Regent tries came from David Murray and Richard Mayne.

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