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Banbridge Acad 45 - Antrim GS 0

Following their 26-7 preliminary round win over Strabane Academy, Antrim Grammar found Banbridge too difficult to handle as they conceded seven tries.

Bann coach Brian Leslie said: "We were 19 points in front at half time after three tries. We settled in well and took four or five scrums against the head early on.

"Michael McGaffin came straight off a scrum to score in the first minute and 15 minutes later out-half Ben Carson finished off some linked field play for the second. Then, a driving maul resulted in No 8 Matthew Bell crossing for David McElderry to goal."

Banbridge continued their dominance three minutes into the second half when scrum-half Jay Pinion picked up and ran in from 20 metres for a second converted score.

Four minutes later, McGaffin added his second before second row Peter Heaney crashed over, both of which were goaled. With five minutes remaining, full-back McElderry made the extra man for a 45-0 victory.

"The early try put us in the comfort zone and then we used our possession to play open rugby despite the conditions," continued Leslie.

"Our backs scored five of our tries which is a good indicator. Antrim did cause us a few problems at times but this victory will instil some confidence before we travel to the seeded Portora in the next round."

Antrim coach Michael Ferguson commented: "It was a tough day as Banbridge were a level above us and much more physical. Nevertheless, despite the result, we stuck at it and were rather unfortunate not to score at one stage due to an unlucky bounce.

"I would like to congratulate our team on their efforts and especially centre Adam Johnston who had a good game and flanker Jacob McCollum and prop James Mawhinney. Despite the rain and snow, we kept going and I'm proud of their efforts."

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