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Clinical edge is key for Regent House

Regent House 13 - RS Dungannon 7

Strong winds proved to be a testing challenge for both Regent House and Dungannon, but the former's second-half superiority gave them the edge in Newtownards.

Regent coach Peter Lowry said: "We controlled the wind reasonably well in the first half and took a five-point half time advantage. Our aim was to retain possession and I feel we deserved the lead when inside centre Aaron May used his power to cut through and touch down.

"In the second half we had a player binned, which gave Dungannon the opportunity to come back at us. They were encamped inside our 22 for a time but we managed to keep them out. Then our forwards showed their mettle on their 22 and our second row forward and captain Johnny Harris gave us a vital 10-point lead."

Taylor Nutt, who was injured in training during the week and moved back to play at full-back, was confident under the high ball and attacked with confidence. He kicked a home penalty but Dungannon were not finished yet.

In the dying minutes they worked their way down to Regent territory and Josh McKee crossed for Aaron Perry to convert.

McKee, the vice captain, was in the action throughout and stole a lot of ball around the fringes. Their best player was their captain John Buckley, who put in a lot of hard graft and his accurate kicking kept the young Dungannon side in the contest.

"We had a few players who had a bearing on the outcome," commented Lowry. "Johnny Harris led the team by example while hooker Tom Arthur Donnan carried well. The other front row players of Robert Brown and Kyle van Giesen also showed their class.

"Alex Hendrickse was a lively scrum-half and winger David Jamison showed his pace and power on the wing but unfortunately didn't see enough of the ball."

Regent are fortunate to have another home draw but the confident Foyle College will give them a few problems.

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