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Academy had to defend stoutly against the big and strong High School forwards and they managed to do so before dominating the third quarter (stock photo)
Academy had to defend stoutly against the big and strong High School forwards and they managed to do so before dominating the third quarter (stock photo)

By Ronnie Ingram

Belfast Royal Academy picked up a bonus-point win over Belfast High School in the new Danske Bank Schools' Cup group stages, but that result looked anything but certain when they flatteringly led 7-0 at half-time.

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Forward possession led to an early try by winger Ollie Parks, who also added the extra points, but it was the home team who upped their game and deserved to be at least on level terms at the halfway stage.

Academy had to defend stoutly against the big and strong High School forwards and they managed to do so before dominating the third quarter.

A brilliant back move saw winger Aaron Gooderham go in at the corner before Parks scored the try of the day. He ran in under the posts from 60 metres and then converted.

A break by centre Elliott Donaldson led to the bonus-point try when captain and No.8 Rob Sturgess dived over and suddenly Academy were 26 points ahead.

A sweeping move resulted in second-row forward Lewis West crashing over, but the home team persevered and, following pressure and a penalty a few metres out, Scott Dennis showed his strength to make the line for Aaron Douglas to goal.

With the last move, Jack Davis broke through to score for Parks to bring his points tally to 18.

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