Rugby Schools Cup Draw: Quarter final
Methodist College are, once again, the team to beat in the Northern Bank Schools' Cup and they have been given another home draw in the quarter-final against Ballyclare High.
Seldom are they defeated at Pirrie Park and although Ballyclare have shown their capabilities against Portora Royal 15-12 and Rainey Endowed 36-3 the power of the Belfast team should be far too much to handle.
They have nine Ulster Schools' players in their line-up and five of these have international honours. Armagh had a strong and robust pack but they found the ever conquering Methody forwards impossible to overcome.
Another interesting tussle will be the meeting of Regent House and Wallace High at Lisburn.
Wallace swept aside Omagh Academy 24-0 but Regent have already defeated them twice this season.
Regent coach Eric Sinnamon knows that it will be tough.
“Playing them in the cup and at Lisburn will be difficult and past performances should be forgotten about,” he said.
Ballymena Academy have a number of strong athletic players and, with home advantage, should gain the better of Friends.
The Lisburn side were a bit for
tunate to eliminate Sullivan Upper 17-15 but are still a useful outfit.
Ballymena have shown with their results that they can match most teams and with Irish Schools' player Charlie Simpson in form they will be very difficult to eliminate.
The final tie will be BRA or RBAI against Dalriada.
Some were not surprised by Dalriada's win at Campbell College as they are a good all-round side but to travel to Belfast and face such opposition as either Belfast Royal Academy or RBAI is a daunting task for the Ballymoney side.
Draw for the quarter-finals of the Northern Bank Schools' Cup.
Matches to be played on Saturday
February 20: Ballymena Academy v Friends' School, Methodist College v Ballyclare High, Wallace High v Regent House and BRA or RBAI v Dalriada
Draw for the Northern Bank
Subsisiary Shield: Coleraine AI v Omagh Academy, BRA or RBAI v Campbell College, Limavady Grammar v Portora Royal and Armagh Royal v Sullivan Upper