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It's a field day as Inst ease through against Sullivan

RBAI 38-0 Sullivan

Published 22/02/2016

Tongue tried: Conor Field heads for another Inst score
Tongue tried: Conor Field heads for another Inst score

Holders RBAI surged into the semi-finals with an easier than anticipated victory over a young Sullivan Upper side at Osborne Park.

The visitors missed the skills and influence of their injured captain Chris Jordan and were under attack from the start.

They conceded a penalty try converted by James Hume before the ball was passed through seven pairs of hands for scrum-half Rhys O'Donnell to touch down for Hume to goal.

The early 14 points gave them the confidence to force the pace and winger Conor Field then showed his class. He made ground and chipped over the opposition to run in for the third.

Inst then turned over the ball on the Sullivan line for David Whittle to crash over and make it 26-0 at the interval.

After the restart Inst again turned over possession at a ruck 30 metres out and O'Donnell raced in before Michael Lowry intercepted and scored under the posts for Hume to convert.

Home coach Daniel Soper said: "We played position and ran in four excellent tries that should have set us up for an even better second half.

"Unfortunately it didn't and that was due to the Sullivan defence and our mistakes. There were a lot of handling errors. We dropped the ball time and again and that's something we can't afford to do in the semi-finals.

"Considering our possession and territorial advantage in the second half we should have done better."

Sullivan manager Stephen Finlay said: "We were outplayed by a strong Inst side. We made a couple of handling errors early on which did not help and allowed them to take such a commanding half-time lead.

"Despite the score line I felt a number of our players performed well, especially Johnny Betts at full-back who had a very accomplished game."

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