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Inst keen to repeat double joy in Schools' Cup and Medallion Shield

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 08/03/2016

RBAI Director of Rugby Daniel Soper
RBAI Director of Rugby Daniel Soper

Director of Rugby Daniel Soper steered RBAI to the Schools' Cup and Medallion Shield double last season and will hope to take the first step to repeating that achievement when his team face Wallace High in the Danske Bank Medallion Shield final at the Kingspan Stadium this afternoon (2.30pm).

Soper, whose experience and skills have given Banbridge an excellent opportunity to win the AIL 2A title and earn promotion to the First Division, knows that Inst have been handed the favourites tag.

"We have a great set of boys who have delivered the results but it still comes down to which team can adjust better on the day," he acknowledged.

"The large stadium, the crowd, the noise will all have an influence but coach Gavin Monteith has prepared the Inst squad well."

Inst, who reached this stage with triumphs over Friends' School (54-3), Ballyclare High (53-0) and Methodist College (24-5), will start without openside flanker Max Preston who has glandular fever but Rhys Anderson, who missed the last tie, will return in the front row.

The pack will be re-jigged but that will not reduce the effect of their formidable pack.

Wallace High, who squeezed through 20-15 against Belfast Royal Academy in the semi-final, had earlier eliminated Campbell College 13-0 with Joel Dundas scoring two excellent tries.

In the fourth round they defeated Omagh Academy 31-7, but now face their most difficult task to date as they have already been defeated by Inst this campaign - and last season's 13-5 final loss against today's opponents will also need to be eradicated from their minds.

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