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Campbell shaping up into a formidable outfit

by Niall Crozier

Campbell College and Royal Belfast Academical Institution meet at Fox’s Field on Saturday.

Campbell have impressed in their recent wins against Coleraine AI and Grosvenor GS and with Chris Best, Rob Haldane, Glenn Bailie and Chris Farrell on song, they are a formidable.

That said, in players like Kevin McLean, Nathan Dugan, Andrew Roulston and Matthew Keane, RBAI have players capable of unlocking defences, too.

Unbeaten Ballyclare High School who host Foyle and Londonderry College, were hard pressed to preserve that record last weekend.

Having dozed off in the second half, they allowed Bangor GS to go close to lowering their colours. And with Foyle aiming to bounce back after their heavy defeat by BRA, the Rashee Road boys cannot afford a repeat.

Foyle did not do themselves justice against BRA and Ballyclare would do well to remember that any side capable of beating RBAI, deserves real respect.

Bangor GS make the trip to Co Tyrone where injury-hit RS Dungannon await them.

After making RBAI work for their win last weekend, RSD may feel they have begun to turn the corner.

Methodist College versus Coleraine AI at Pirrie Park is another interesting pairing.

The visitors lost to Campbell on their last visit to Belfast and it would be a real upset if they were to win this one against hosts who are in a rich vein of form.

Another town versus country battle sees BRA entertain Rainey.

Having lost to Bangor GS, Academy’s response was to beat Foyle with Ryan Clarke bagging a hat-trick of tries.

A similar performance at home on Saturday would make life very difficult for Rainey, albeit that they gave Northern Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup holders Ballymena Academy a decent game .

Belfast High School, who drew with Banbridge Academy in their last outing, host Ballymena who are favourites.

Grosvenor GS and Larne GS clash at Cameronian Drive and both see this as a game they can win.

Regent House, who lost to Sullivan Upper last time out, face a visit from another set of close rivals, Down HS.

l Full list of fixtures in tomorrow’s Belfast Telegraph.

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