SCHOOLS CUP RUGBY: Methody through to final after seeing off BRA

Methody's Johnny Jordan gets an attack going
Methody's Johnny Jordan gets an attack going

The two most successful teams in the history of the Schools Cup will contest this year’s final on St Patrick’s day after Methody booked their place in the decider with a win over BRA.

Methody will meet Belfast rivals RBAI after outscoring scoring BRA by outscoring six tries to two.

Methody took the lead after two minutes with a well worked moved off a midfield scrum.

Out half Thomas Armstrong fed centre James McConnell on the crash ball he sprinted into the 22 before offloading to midfield colleague Paul Kerr to dot down but he failed to convert his own try.

BRA opened their account on 10 minutes when scrum half Conor McAuley slotted over a penalty from in front of the posts.

Methdoy cut open the BRA defence again on 15 minutes, Armstrong made a midfield break to the 22 drew the last defender and put Kerr clear for his second try which he converted.

Kerr was on target with a penalty on 19 minutes after an off the ball tackle.

McAuley was on target with his second penalty after Methody failed to roll away in the tackle,

Methody’s third try on 28 minutes came from a simple scrum move, scrum Johnny Jordan put McConnell through a gap and he raced under the posts from the 22 with Kerr converting.

McAuley added his third penalty two minutes later to cut Methody’s half time lead to 22-9.

Methody’s fourth try came eight minutes after the restart, No8 Thomas Gallagher made a break down the touch line before popping the ball to Jordan to dot down in the corner but Kerr failed to convert.

BRA got back in the game when Methody No8 had Gallagher sin binned for killing the ball on the ground.

BRA took a quick tap penalty but were stopped illegally, they tapped and went again this time putting width on the ball and lock Bradley Luney charged over from close range but McAuley failed to convert.

BRA still with a numerical advantage wasted another opportunity to score when they were awarded a penalty on the 22 but decided to run it and got turned over.

Methody should have put the game beyond doubt of 60 minutes when Jordan made a sniping blindside break from a scrum but his pass to winger Chris Larmour didn’t go to handle.

However Gallagher powered over from close range two minutes for an unconverted try.

Kerr completed his hat trick but showing pace and guile to go all the way from his own half with two minutes remaining.

BRA got a consolation try with the last play off the game when impressive blind side flanker Matthew Dalton finished a slick handling move and McAuley converted but it all too late for the Belfast school.

MCB: C Scollan, K Doherty, J McConnell, P Kerr, C Larmour; T Armstrong, J Jordan, A Cairns, J Trainor, B Crangle; H Gibbons. J Bingham; C Kelly, M Loane , T Gallagher

Replacements: C Conn, D Moreli, C Fletcher, K McNaboe, C Kelly, M Neill, E McILroy.

BRA: B Hassan, A Sabri, L Davidson, S Osborne, A Kane; J Burton, C McAuley, K Scott, T Stewart, Nikki Ryan C McCraken, B Luney; M Dalton, M Borne, T Gilpin.

Replacements: J Lavery, O Minford, D Adams, A Keed, A Lyons, J Stubbs, D Logan

Ref J Erskine