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Rainey Endowed 8 - 25 Methodist College

Methody gained their expected victory but if the tries at the start of each half were ignored Rainey did exceptionally well to hold their much superior opponents to 11-8 for the vast majority of the tie.

The Belfast team showed their class and were 15 points in front in as many minutes.

Credit to Rainey though who stuck to their task. It was the Methody pack that paved the way for the first try when a maul was driven over the home line with Jack Gallagher given the credit for Rudolph Benade to convert.

Benade then added a penalty. It was the forwards again who set up the second try with scrum-half David McElhinney showing his skills to link with Elliott Mooney who scored. Towards the end of the period Rainey exerted pressure around the visitors’ line but their only reward in the first half was a Mark Connolly penalty.

Right from the second half drop-out Gallagher caught the ball and drove forward. The move ended with Mark Gribben touching down between the posts for Benade to convert to make it 22-3.

Rainey matched their opponents for long periods and created a number of opportunities but their only try came from Sam Hawe.

Benade added another penalty to bring his point's tally to 10.

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