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BRA hold on to beat dogged Down

Down HS 7-13 BRA

Published 08/02/2016

On the charge: BRA’s Michael McCracken makes a break
On the charge: BRA’s Michael McCracken makes a break

BRA had the strong wind in their favour in the first half and used it effectively to built up a 13-point lead by the interval.

Academy full-back Michael Wilson started the ball rolling with two penalties.

Their try came following a missed penalty attempt as second row forward Timothy Robinson followed up fast and pounced on the ball in the in-goal area. Wilson kicked the conversion, but Down came back strongly and had most of the possession and territory for the remainder of the period.

A couple of difficult penalty attempts were missed and they were held up over their opponent's line as Academy held on.

Then it was the turn of Down to use the elements to their advantage but inaccurate kicking wasted a number of opportunities. Academy effectively ran the ball back at them but the home team did eventually gain some reward for their efforts.

The ball popped out the side of a ruck and Zac Ward was on hand to gather and dive over for Charlie Power to convert.

"It was a close game that could have gone either way," said Down coach John Gunson. "Academy were very physical but we had our chances in the second half."

A relieved Academy coach David Creighton said: "We just managed to hold on as they really came at us in the second half. Thankfully we suffered no injuries but we now have a formidable challenge at Ballymena Academy in the next round."

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