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Schools' Cup: Cambridge House 5 Grosvenor GS 24

Grosvenor Grammar were just too strong for Cambridge House and it was as simple as that.

The massive visitors won the vast majority of scrums and line-outs and, on occasions, pushed their opponents back 30 or 40 yards at the Galgorm Road.

The Belfast team played into the wind and were 12 points ahead before the interval against their hosts from the Braid.

Centre Martin Irwin was first to score before Mark Foster had his try converted by Scott Irvine.

Cambridge House showed a lot of spirit but, being outgunned up front, they were never going to make much headway.

Nevertheless they defended well in an exhausting second half and were justly rewarded for their strenuous efforts with a Josh Whann try.

Immediately after their score, Grosvenor came right back with a Stuart Smith try converted by Irvine. Foster later went in for his second which was unconverted.

After the game the Grosvenor coach Kyle McCallan said he was delighted: “If we had been a bit sharper behind the scrum, more tries would have been scored.

“We had the vast majority of the possession and, if we can continue to play like that, we could well surprise Banbridge Academy.

“We are looking forward to that tie next week and go into it confidently hoping that home advantage will give us the edge.

“If our pack continue to perform like they did today we can take on most teams in the Province,” he concluded.

Opposite number Rab Gregg admitted the better team on the day had won.

“They were too strong up front and we made errors that helped them,” he admitted.

“Once we kicked too far in the wind and that gave them a scrum back and they took full advantage of that opportunity. Our young and inexperienced team have learned a lot.”

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