Banbridge Academy and Belfast High ready for Trophy final duel
The first of this season's rugby schools' deciders takes place this afternoon as Banbridge Academy face Belfast High School in the Danske Bank Trophy final at Roughfort (BRA, 3pm).
Both teams lost in the first round of the Schools' Cup, High School to Foyle College (21-7) and Banbridge to Antrim Grammar (16-15), which was something of a surprise.
They have already met once this season in November when both sides were weakened and Belfast High School emerged victorious after taking advantage of a Banbridge fumble in the first minute for a converted try.
This afternoon's encounter should also be closely contested, something Banbridge coach Brian Leslie notes.
"We will be at full strength which is not usually the case so late in the season," he said.
"It will be tough as we know they have had a couple of good Trophy wins against Lurgan College and the improving Larne Grammar."
The last time Belfast High contested a final was in 1981 when they defeated Larne 10-6 in the Subsidiary Shield.
Banbridge, who eliminated Wellington College (5-0) and Cambridge House (27-11) to reach this stage, have a better record, having won the Trophy in 2013 against Portora Royal before they were defeated in the Bowl final a year later.