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Twin threat awaits as Wallace aim to keep it in family

By Ronnie Ingram

This season, Campbell College Medallion have the Yandall triplets and Carrickfergus Grammar Firsts have the Berry twins - but that is nothing compared to Wallace High, whose squad to face RBAI in the Danske Bank Medallion Shield final at Kingspan this afternoon (2.30pm) contains THREE sets of twins.

They have all played their part in Wallace reaching the final, with captain Sam and Josh Cardosi standing out after a number of tries, including one apiece in the 36-5 replay victory over Down High.

The boys from Anahilt started playing mini-rugby at Lisburn and their brother Andrew will be at hooker when the Firsts contest the Schools' Cup final.

Sam insists that playing with his sibling is great. He said: "We're on the same journey and we know each other's thought process, and that helps enormously." Josh was more forthcoming when he added: "It means we can shout at each other and it's easier to be critical of your twin's performance."

The Morrison brothers, from Glenavy, only started the game when they joined the school. Ben believes that it's comfortable to have one another in the team while Jamie highlights the importance to combine work and sport. The latter said: "We look to the First XV as role models - we all want to continue to Sixth Year here at Wallace and we know the importance of studying and playing hard."

The third set of twins are the Smyths from Moira. Ben is hoping to experience as big a turnout as there was for the First's semi-final. He commented: "The atmosphere was amazing with the Samba band and a sea of blue and white painted faces." Brother Matthew particularly likes the training aspect of the game. "After a busy time in the classroom, rugby is the perfect end to the day," he concluded.

In evidence is the players' admiration and appreciation of their coach Matthew Glenn who has put in so much time and work. Captain Sam Cardosi added: "We know him so well and he is very approachable and supportive. We all value the commitment he has shown to take us to this final."

Inst coach Gavin Monteith, meanwhile, believes the team that adapts better to the wider pitch and the conditions will win. He said: "We drew 10-10 earlier in the season so it could go either way."

The Subsidiary Shield final at Kingspan on Thursday March 19 will be between favourites Ballymena Academy and Down High. On Saturday, Ballymena had a 34-0 win at Portora Royal and Down were 19-8 winners over Regent House.

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