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Beggs revels in double delight

Banbridge Academy 10 Coleraine Inst 15: It was a double success for Coleraine coach Richard Beggs on Saturday as not only did he take Inst into the last 16, but he later saw his town team eliminate Armagh from the Towns' Cup.

There was no score in the first half at Banbridge but the visitors controlled most of the action.

"We had the wind in our faces but we still managed to control most of the possession and had the territorial advantage," Beggs explained. "They were on our line on one occasion but we managed to keep them out.

"Conor Shiels had a long penalty attempt and we had Jack McCarroll binned for persistent infringing.

"We did admittedly concede a lot of penalties during the tie, 37 I believe to Banbridge's six."

In the second half, Coleraine took the lead when a catch and drive resulted in loose head prop Danny McAlister barging over from two metres out for Shiels to add the points.

Banbridge came back and following a few phases close to the visitor's line, a penalty try was awarded for Daniel McElderry to goal so the tie was level again.

"Straight from the drop-out we took play into our opponent's territory where Shiels kicked a penalty from 40 metres to regain the advantage," explained Beggs.

"Later we had a penalty which we kicked to the corner. Following the third phase second row forward Thomas Pethick dived over to make it 15-7."

The home team then had a string of penalties inside the Coleraine '22' and with four minutes remaining, McElderry was successful.

The tie finished with the visitors back in opposition territory.

Beggs concluded that his main objective was obviously to advance so the rugby was not of the highest standard.

"I thought our discipline wavered at times in the terrible weather but it was always going to be a really competitive game," he added. "Not the prettiest to watch, but we did come away with a win against tough opposition."

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