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Portora prove far too strong for Banbridge thanks to coach Botha

By Staff Reporter

There appears to be a resurgence in the standard of rugby at Portora as their Medallion has also been progressing in the Shield, all helped by the talents of their new coach Rhys Botha.

The Banbridge team had already eliminated Antrim Grammar 45-0 but this was a big step up in class against the seeded home side.

Overall Portora warranted their win but it was a very disappointing effort from their opponent's.

"I know we were capable of playing much better," stated coach Brian Leslie, "but on the day we were not at our best. Whether it was nerves or being away from home, I don't know, but we were unable to exert any pressure on them.

"There certainly was no lack of effort on our behalf but we just couldn't win enough possession.

"In the past we have shown that we can win quality ball but not today."

Portora took the lead in the first minute with an Adam Lendrum penalty and there was no further scoring until the final minutes when he added a second. Coach Botha was obviously pleased with the way his team dictated the play

"We had possession for most of the time and the boys were happy with the way we went about it. Banbridge made it difficult but they have certainly improved greatly since we convincingly defeated them earlier in the season. We now face a more difficult challenge against Wallace but at least we have home advantage again," he added.

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