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Sperrin hit heights to book spot in last four

High Schools' Trophy final

Sperrin IC 13 St Columb's College 10: Sperrin IC took full advantage of a dream start by going on to beat St Columb's College in this Danske Bank High Schools' Trophy quarter-final showdown.

Sperrin had the driving rain in their favour in the first half and fully deserved their 13-5 interval advantage at Buncrana Road.

The visitors got off to a superb start with a try in the first minute.

Bryn Jones cut inside off a planned move and linked with winger Padraig Totten before loose head prop Shea McLaughlin crossed in the corner.

Nageen Chada added a penalty but St Columb's struck back when a constructive move by Ryan O'Hagan resulted in Callum O'Hagan touching down in the corner.

Just before half-time the ball flowed across the three-quarters for Sperrin winger Niall Callum to run in.

Sperrin coach Alastair Rowan instructed his side to keep the game tight in the second half when playing into the elements.

"We carried the ball as much as possible and scrum-half Nathan Evans and No 8 Luke Hilman were in control at the base of the scrum," he said.

"We did enough to win but it was too close for comfort and an improvement will be needed if we are to qualify for the final."

St Columb's coach Lee Mosby said: "In the second half we were in much better shape and won more possession.

"The weather was not conducive to open rugby so our pack had to up their game and our reward was a second try from Callum O'Hagan."

"In the backs out-half Ryan O'Hagan controlled well and centre Niall Nash looked dangerous but overall I was pleased with the whole team's efforts," he commented.

"We came back well and I'm pleased with the improvement since the start of the season."

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