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Regent slip and slide their way into third round meeting with Coleraine

Regent 12 RS Portora 7: Regent were unable to field their strongest team in the first round due to a school ski trip but after squeezing through against Wellington College they were able to strengthen the side before their clash with Portora.

It was just as well they did as the Enniskillen team fought hard throughout and there was little between the teams at the end.

The first half was evenly contested with neither side gaining the upper hand in the difficult conditions but two minutes into the second half, the Newtownards team took the lead.

Nathan Graham, a member of the Ulster under-17 development squad, made a half break and kicked through. The Portora defender was unlucky as the greasy ball squirted out of his grasp and Graham ran in for the try which he also goaled.

Visiting out-half Adam Lendrum made an impression with his accurate kicking and he kept Regent on the back foot at times.

There were plenty of forward exchanges and Ulster Schools' John Clarke was much in evidence and it was his try that brought Portora back into the contest.

He was driven over low and hard and Lendrum converted for the equalising score.

With seven minutes remaining it was still anyone's game but it was Regent who secured the crucial try, from prop Tom Arthur-Donnan after a line-out.

Looking ahead to the next round, Regent coach Eric Sinnamon admitted they will start as underdogs.

"We travel to Coleraine but we have beaten them before up there," he said.

Two games were postponed on Saturday and have been re-scheduled for Wednesday. They are Belfast High v Omagh Academy and Rainey Endowed v Belfast Royal Academy.

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