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Dungannon set a high early standard with seven-try blitz

RS Dungannon 45 - Carrick Grammar 10

Published 11/01/2016

Holding on: Dungannon’s Josh Patton in action
Holding on: Dungannon’s Josh Patton in action

The most convincing victory of the Schools' Cup second round was at Royal School Dungannon, where the home team ran in seven tries in a 45-10 triumph over Carrickfergus Grammar.

Dungannon coach Gareth McClintock said: "We had a bad start as centre Aaron McCammon and prop Alan Chan had to go to hospital after colliding in the warm up so we had to re-jig the team.

"We took the lead when a good run by Aaron Perry led to out-half Matthew Smyth touching down. Perry was then yellow carded and we found ourselves 10-5 behind so fought hard to get 12-10 ahead by the interval when Aaron Nimmons goaled a Joseph Cashel score."

Carrick were in the contest in the first-half and some poor handling from Dungannon resulted in Fionn McCormack dashing in and adding the conversion. He later slotted over a penalty.

Dungannon's Adam Cranston and James Gamble crashed over in the second-half before Calvin Nelson finished off a well executed maul from outside the visitors' '22' for Nimmons and Perry to goal one apiece. The forwards were solid and captain and centre Peter Doran, Josh Patton, Matthew Stockdale and Nicholas Graham were all to the fore.

Good footwork from Perry led to the seventh try and a charged down clearance kick by Angus Mok was the final score.

McClintock added: "It was an okay effort. The injuries didn't help but we made basic mistakes."

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