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Regent House rally to storm through

By Staff Reporter

After trailing 7-5 at half-time, Regent came out the more determined side in the second period and ran out 22-10 winners over Foyle College.

The Derry side had the wind to their advantage in the opening minutes and out-half Alex McDonnell was most effective in controlling the game.

The experienced athlete, who accumulated 27 points in the previous win over Larne Grammar, kicked intelligently and was a danger every time he had the ball in hand.

Foyle's try came against the run of play and it was the result of a mistake. The ball was fumbled during a Regent play and Foyle centre Robbie House hacked through to score for McDonnell to convert.

Just before the interval, Matty Neill scored to bring Regent back into the contest at the right psychological moment. It came after the backs were involved and Aaron May, who was outstanding all morning, made the space for the full-back to run in.

Regent coach Peter Lowry stated: "In the second half we started to play better rugby and with the forwards in full flow we carried well and were in their '22' for long periods.

"One of our most influential forwards was Johnny Harris, who had to leave the field with an ankle injury in the final quarter but he made his presence felt with our second try, which Taylor Nutt goaled.

"In the final 15 minutes, we kept going forward and deprived our opponents of possession.

"The next try came when No 8 Alastair Derring, who carried fantastically throughout, touched down and the final scorer was flanker Ryan McCarroll.

"We've had two good wins so far but to face RBAI, especially at Osborne Park, is a big ask but it is the Cup and our confidence has been increasing. There is a good buzz and we can only hope that we play at our best," he concluded.

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