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Schools' Cup: Portadown Coll 34 Wellington Coll 8

Despite the awful day there was plenty of good rugby played when Portadown College qualified to face Dalriada in the third round.

Wellington, who defeated Lurgan College to reach the second round, took an unexpected lead when Kier Patterson scored a try after only two minutes.

Three minutes later Portadown levelled when right winger Thomas Halliday scored close to touch.

Following a series of phases Portadown swung the ball wide and full-back Michael Busby made the extra man to go in before Adam Webb kicked a Wellington penalty.

Halliday showed his pace to touch down for his second try before the visitors missed a penalty so the interval score was 15-8.

The home side were stronger in the second period and dominated the line outs and scrums which led to three more tries.

An excellent handling move resulted in Halliday scoring his third try for Busby to convert and then No 8 Josh McCullough crashed over to make it 27-8.

Finally, Busby went round the blind side of the scrum for the sixth.

Portadown College coach Andrew Symington said: “We had six tries, three or four were of high quality showing good handling and finishing so we must be pleased with our efforts.

“We can now look forward to a home contest against Dalriada.”

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