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Regent House power past their Foyle hosts

Foyle College 10 Regent House 19

Regent House were too powerful up front against the lighter and nippier Foyle College in Londonderry.

"It was a game we could have won but we switched off for a time and that Regent to take control," observed home coach David Barnett.

The visitors took the lead when a catch and drive move led to flanker Matthew McFarland crashing over for Robbie Johnston to add the points.

Foyle replied when centre Matty Alford broke to link with winger Ben Galbriath for Keelan Coyle to cross in the corner.

It was a more highly intensified effort by the visitors after the restart and a charged down kick resulted in second row Robert Hull scoring for Johnston to make it 14-5.

Before Foyle had fully recovered Hull went in for his second from five metres out. With 10 minutes remaining the home team eventually settled although the damage had been done.

They mounted a few phases and a space opened up for scrum-half Killene Thornton to cut through for their second try.

Barnett was disappointed: "We played good rugby at times but the third quarter was poor. They were too physical for us but I thought our No 8 Joel Smyth had an outstanding game'.

Regent coach Nick Gamble though the contest was fairly even: "There was plenty of end to end play but it was difficult in the soft conditions.

"We controlled territory well and the boys gave 100 per cent. Matthew Foster, Alex Hendrickse and Ethan Bradley all excelled but our full-back Stuart Martin was our man of the match," he concluded.

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