Schools' Cup: Coach hails dream come true
Brian Robinson added to his remarkable career in rugby by guiding Campbell College to Schools’ Cup victory against RBAI.
The coach, a former Ulster and Ireland international, was made to sweat it out as a spirited Inst pushed his Belmont team all the way in one of the most memorable finals of recent years.
“I’m absolutely delighted for the players,” said Robinson.
“For every schoolboy that’s their dream. Players who come to this school want to play rugby and make the final, so this is a dream come true for them all.
“All credit to Inst, they played very well today and really made |us work for every point we |earned.
“We stretched them in the ways we knew we could and I’m delighted we managed to see the final moments of the game out strongly.”
The St Patrick’s Day win gave Campbell their 23rd Schools’ Cup win, having endured a rollercoaster ride of emotions on their way to the final.
The school had to play Methody three times in the semi-finals to get to Ravenhill and Robinson paid tribute to the courage and |determination of his players.
“It’s not been an easy road here by any means and we’ve played some great teams along the way. But matches like this build players’ mental stamina and that’s what just about did it for us today,” he added.
“Inst came back so strongly midway through the second half and got themselves right back into it. Every game ebbs and flows and momentum means so much.
“We had some chances we didn’t take and I thought we got a bit giddy at times. Inst thrived on that then they saw their chance to seize it and pulled it back to two points, which meant we had to press on and try and get some more points on the board.”
The victorious coach was quick to highlight the team’s revered backs, but insisted this was very much a team effort.
“Our backs are lauded and quite rightly so because they’re very talented,” he said. “Our pack sticks in their and I think they did admirably. The guys play for one another and I’m delighted for them.”
Winning captain John Creighton was also gracious in victory and paid tribute to the RBAI side.
“Inst played wonderfully and gave us such a run for it. The game was just fantastic to be a part of and could have gone either way,” said the out-half.
“I can’t thank the coaching staff and my team-mates enough for all the hard work they’ve put in. We always knew it would be a tough road, but we did enough today and I know everyone at the school is going to enjoy this so much.”