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Cambridge House are blown away by Grosvenor

Cambridge House 3 - Grosvenor GS 25

By Ronnie Ingram

Grosvenor had the wind in their favour in the first period and opened up a 15-3 interval advantage at Ballymena.

"Conditions were far from great with the snow showers and a muddy pitch but I felt we adapted well," explained visiting coach Andrew Gibson.

"We took the lead in the first minute with an excellent back line move when outside centre Gareth Lammey passed to Caleb McCullough and he took a great line to score. Nine minutes later they infringed and Mark Johnston kicked the penalty.

"We managed to retain possession with prop James Cartlidge in evidence and No 8 Ben Davidson making plenty of ground. Eventually out-half Mark Johnston created a gap and inside centre Thomas Quinn ran in for Johnston to goal."

This gave the visitors a 15 point lead but credit to Cambridge House, who had to defend gallantly against the pressure. They had their chances but when a pass was dropped and Grosvenor kicked through and a visiting player went off his feet, James Bovill narrowed the gap with a penalty before the interval.

"After the restart we had to play smart rugby, as it was virtually impossible to kick into the strong wind," explained Gibson. "We were eventually awarded a penalty which was kicked into the corner before Daniel Mayhew was driven over. After the drop out we kept the ball and following a number of phases and another penalty into the corner, Andrew Boyd scored our fourth try. In the final 15 minutes, the opposition had a lot of possession and they kicked well in behind but our defence held. I was really pleased with our efforts as it was a bit of a lottery in the weather.

"We looked after the ball well but the key thing was that we made few mistakes and gave them few chances to come back at us. I thought we played an intelligent and confident game."

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