Cambridge House caused a few problems for the Lurgan College team before the home side secured a hard-earned 22-12 victory.
The Lurgan College team took an early 5-0 lead when James Patterson and Peter Jackson combined to put prop forward, Ryan Emerson, in for an unconverted try in the corner.
The Cambridge House team recovered from this early setback and good work from their pack presented the visitors with a try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the score was level at 5-5.
Just before the interval, and somewhat against the run of play, the Lurgan College team took advantage of a Cambridge House mistake. Rory Burns and Victor Mackensie combined to send Ryan Emerson in for his second try of the game. Robbie Norton added the extras to put the Lurgan College team into a 12-5 lead at halftime.
Playing with the wind in the second half the Cambridge House team started well and after Lurgan College had soaked up a lot of pressure, their defence was breached and the visitors drew the score level at 12-12. This raised the intensity of the Cambridge House performance and, but for three try saving tackles from the Lurgan College full back, Robbie Norton, there might have been a different outcome to the game.
However these close missed sparked the home team into life and for the next 20 minutes the college team dominated and secured their 22-12 victory with two unconverted tries in the last quarter of the game from Year 12 No 8, Reuben McCreery. Scott Wilson had a strong game marshaling the team at nine and out half James Patterson captaining the side, led by example in defence.
This game was originally scheduled to be played at Cambridge House. The inclement weather conditions saw the game switched to Lurgan Rugby Club. Both schools would like to thank Lurgan Rugby Club for the provision of facilities and for hosting the game.
Coach Geoff Caldwell was very pleased with the win and praised the College players for their attitude in training and with five weeks to go to the Schools’ Cup game, they all need to keep working hard but Saturday was another very positive result.
Team: Michael Boulos Ben Hunter Ryan Emerson Joel McCreery Philip McRoberts Rory Burns Reuben McCreery Victor Mackensie Scott Wilson James Patterson (c) Peter Jackson Neill Allen Richie Hull Harry Woods Robbie Norton Harry Simpson Mark Wilson James Harrison Peter Beck Adam Harrison Matthew McConaghy
This Saturday all three teams are away to Wellington college kick off 9.45am.