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Schools' Cup: How the Campbell College and Armagh Royal players rated during Kingspan final

Campbell's Jack Stinson in action with Armagh's Archie McAlpine.
Campbell's Jack Stinson in action with Armagh's Archie McAlpine.
Campbell captain John McKee leads the celebrations after getting his hands on the Schools’ Cup

Campbell College won the Danske Bank Schools' Cup at Kingspan Stadium on Monday afternoon, but how did all the individual players perform?

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Here are our ratings of both teams:

Campbell College

Conor Rankin 7: Put the kicks over when Campbell needed them most and took his try well after the fortunate bounce in a very good performance.

Will Davis 7: The leg strength he showed to drive over for the third try was just brilliant and was always dangerous with ball in hand for Campbell.

Jamie Macartney 8: A powerful runner, there was always the potential for something big to happen when he got the ball and marshalled the defence perfectly.

Ben Power 7: A brilliant distributor in midfield, always played heads-up rugby and tried to get things going, his partnership with Macartney was fluid.

Rex Tinsley 7: His defensive work was just as impressive as his attacking display, mixing speed with the eye for a gap, as well as making some important tackles.

Oscar Yandall 6: His kicking for touch was excellent, always putting Campbell in good positions, and he ran the line well in the loose too.

Dara Gaskin 7: His pass was crisp and his box-kicking was on the money, and to have the eye to spot the gap for his score was crucial in the first half.

John McKee 7: After heartbreak two years ago, he led from the front admirably with his big carries and defence driving his team onwards.

Major lift: Campbell skipper John McKee holds aloft the Schools’ Cup

Harry Jenkins 7: Piloted the dominant maul really well from the back and was crucial in ensuring the solid platform they needed was there from the set-piece.

Patrick McAlpine 6: Pulled his weight both in the loose and in the tight, carrying strongly while keeping the scrum solid against the big Armagh front-row.

Oisin Kiernan 7: Wasn’t as impressive as in the semi-final, but made some big carries when they needed them and sucked in defenders to create space.

John Harrison 6: Put in a workmanlike performance in the engine room, proved to be a reliable go-to man at the lineout and was part of the core of the defence.

Jack Stinson 8: Carried well, made his tackles and seemed to be everywhere on the pitch as he put himself about, was always a danger for the Armagh defence.

Sam Robinson 7: Made some key steals on the floor in important areas of the pitch as well as being an unsung hero in defence, will be happy with his shift.

Tobi Olaniyan 8: A brilliant team defensive performance was led by Olaniyan, who tackled anything that came near him and added several massive carries in attack.

Replacements: John Gildea, Matthew Carlisle, Matthew Poor, James Johnston, Jamie Brennan, Lucas Yandall, Harry Owens, Kierion Robertson.

Royal School, Armagh

Michael Campbell 7: Didn’t get the chance to show his attacking flair but made several key interventions at the back at vital moments when Campbell attacked.

Oliver Webb 7: Was lively on the wing and came inside looking for work but was one of the most frustrated by the resolute Campbell defence.

Zac Thompson 7: Kicked his goals when Armagh needed him to and linked well with Reaney in midfield in another strong performance for his side.

Matthew Reaney 8: Everything good Armagh did came through their powerful centre, who made several linebreaks and beat several defenders in a brilliant display.

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Force: Armagh’s Matthew Reaney is closed down by Tobi Olaniyan

Nicholas Jennings 6: Closed down quickly every time he got the ball after impressing in the semi-finals and couldn’t stretch his legs to make the difference required.

Romain Morrow 6: Ran the line well in a solid performance, even adding a few carries as well, but couldn’t find a way to create the scoring opportunities Armagh needed.

Alex Johnston 6: Was quick around the pitch and was always looking for gaps, linked well with Morrow but was stifled by the Campbell defence too often.

Jack Chapman 6: Part of a big scrummaging unit, the prop did his job in the tight by providing clean ball for his backs, adding several carries in the loose.

Jack Treanor 7: Solid at the set piece, both scrum and lineout, and was notable in the loose too, particularly when he took the surprise option of kicking in behind.

Archie McAlpine 7: His final was cut short by injury after just half an hour, but was part of Armagh’s robust front row that had been edging the forward battle.

Jonny Agnew 7: Made his presence felt around the park with some big hits and strong carries, particularly in the opening few exchanges of the game.

Samuel King 7: Worked tirelessly in the second row and was a key operator at the set piece for Armagh, didn’t express himself as much in the loose.

Aaron Woods 7: Was the main disruptor of the driving maul when their opponents threatened to drive over and was always causing Campbell problems.

Graham Crawford 6: A good shift from the openside, who was always on hand to provide quick ball at the breakdown and did the hard work admirably.

Ryan O’Neill 6: Was always watched closely after being the stand out forward in the semi-final and only managed to contribute one big carry.

Replacements: Sam Rainey, Adam Edgar, Jude Roberts, Ryan Finlay, Josh King, Ben Lavery, Callum Whiteside, Peter Taylor.

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