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BRA 44 Rainey Endowed 7

Rainey fielded a very young side with eight fifth formers in their line-up and they were overwhelmed by Belfast Royal Academy in the second half.

The robust Academy pack gained the upper hand to provide plenty of possession and they went in front after 10 minutes when, following the charging down of a clearance kick, Samuel Osborne ran in.

Following a maul, second row forward Cormac McCracken scored before hooker Tom Stewart added the third. Just before the interval, the Magherafelt side reduced the arrears to 15-7.

Rainey coach Chris Campbell said: "We never got started and their big pack controlled our inexperienced eight but I was pleased with our try when, from a line-out after a penalty into the corner, second row forward Adam Currie crossed for Adam Hunter to convert."

Academy captain Cormac McAuley kicked a penalty seven minutes after the restart before replacement back row Jude Cowley scored their fourth try. Replacement Jason Stubbs then hacked through for another converted try to make it 30-7.

Stewart added his second and the tie ended with a well worked score when Abdullah Sabri added the seventh. McAuley converted the last two to bring his tally to nine points. Academy now travel to Friends', a team not on their fixture list.

BRA coach David Creighton said: "It will be tricky. They have home advantage again but we will be prepared.

"We started well here and pulled away in the second period. It was a good team performance but the final scoreline probably flattered us a bit."

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