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Schools' Cup: RBAI and Coleraine plotting final chapter

RBAI v Coleraine AI — the first of the Northern Bank Schools’ Cup semi-finals will be played at Ravenhill this afternoon (2.30pm).

Campbell College and Methodist College will also meet for a third time at Shaw's Bridge (3pm) to decide who will face Ballyclare High in the other semi-final next Monday afternoon.

This replay was put back to today as welfare rules dictate that players must have adequate rest and recovery time between games.

Both RBAI and Coleraine have both had an element of luck to reach this stage, with Belfast Inst needing eight points in the final four minutes to earn a replay against Armagh Royal which they narrowly won 19-13 at Osborne last Wednesday.

Coleraine were eight points in arrears after 15 minutes at Dungannon Royal but then rallied for an unexpected 33-18 success. Methodist College and Campbell College face a quarter-final replay. Campbell gave their opponents a ten-point lead at Belmont before earning a 10-10 draw.

At Pirrie Park, Methody took a 5-3 interval lead but Campbell hit back with a converted try before the home side dominated the last 15 minutes when their opponents were reduced to 14 players.

The pressure told with a try under the posts but the conversion was charged down.

Three-quarter final ties were played in the Medallion Shield with Limavady Grammar, RBAI and Campbell College qualifying for the semi-finals. In the fourth round, Armagh Royal overcame Down High and will face Sullivan Upper next Saturday.

Northern Bank Medallion Shield fourth round: Carrick Grammar 3 Armagh Royal 25. Quarter-finals: Limavady Grammar 17 Down High 7, RBAI 36 Belfast High 19, Campbell College 16 Wallace High 5. The semi-final draw is this morning.

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