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Coach Campbell hails Rainey after heavy win

By Ronnie Ingram

Rainey Endowed 22 BRA 3 Rainey qualified for a Danske Bank Schools' Cup third round home tie against Down High with a three-try victory over Belfast Royal Academy at Magherafelt.

The young and inexperienced Academy side took the lead with a penalty from full-back Michael Wilson but the home team soon stamped their authority on the tie.

Out-half Kieran Lynch replied with a penalty before back row forward Eunan Smith picked up around halfway and sprinted through a couple of defenders for their first try, which Lynch goaled.

That was the score at the interval and they went on to control the first 15 minutes of the second period.

"Eunan Smith had a great game for us," commented Rainey coach Chris Campbell. "He is strong and determined and his second try was a repeat of his first.

"This time it was from the '22' that he burst through a tackle to touch down."

Academy managed to hold their superior opponents for a time but another try followed with four minutes remaining. It came from a line-out with the ball spread wide through a number of hands before Rigan Saunderson crossed in the corner for Lynch to convert.

Campbell thought both teams took a long time to settle: "We gradually took control and deserved to win.

"It was an all round effort with Eunan Shaw, Kieran Lynch and back row Calum Smith being the pick."

Academy's Ian McGonigle feels the team have been improving with every game.

"We had a massive clear out at the end of last season so we are in the process of rebuilding for the future," he concluded.

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