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Dungannon too strong despite spirited effort from host side

Grosvenor Grammar 7 RS Dungannon 23

By Staff Reporter

Royal School Dungannon earned a fourth round home draw against Wallace High following a comfortable victory over Grosvenor Grammar at Orangefield. The visitors were 8-0 ahead at the interval but then upped their game against a gallant Grosvenor side.

Dungannon took the lead with a penalty from full back Luke McMullan which was followed by a try. The visitors gained possession around the middle and following a penalty around the 10 metre line the ball was kicked towards the corner. A driving maul ensued and Joni Shrestha crashed over.

They had more opportunities to increase the lead but the Grosvenor defence held out.

The dominant Dungannon pack were more in charge after the restart and another well worked try followed when prop forward James Wilson barged over.

From the drop-out they regained possession and took play right back into home territory. Ben Nicholl broke from the back of a ruck, made ground and then liked with scrum-half Evans who burst through to touch down. McMullan goaled and Dungannon were 20-0 in front.

Grosvenor started to play their best rugby of the tie although Dungannon must have been content to be so far ahead.

Following a number of phases and a few hard carries Isaac Skillen scored for Josh McConkey to convert.

The Belfast team kept attacking to further narrow the gap but an error allowed McMullan to kick another penalty and after that the visitors just played out time.

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