Regent House v RS Dungannon
Two previous winners of the Schools’ Cup will meet when Regent House host Royal School, Dungannon (kick-off 11am) in Newtownards in the first round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.
Regent, with coaches, Peter Lowry, Mervyn Tweed and Nick Gamble in charge, will look upon themselves as favourites to win this game.
With former Ulster Schools’ U18 second row, Jonny Harris, captaining the team, there is a great deal of experience in the pack. Kyle Van Geison brings Ulster Development squad experience to the front row but it is players such as Tommy Scullion, Conn Crawford and Robert Brown that will provide the real Cup experience for their captain.
As coach of the Regent forwards, Tweed believes he has a pack that, on their day, can match up to any school pack in Ulster.
Alex Hendrickse, Ethan Bradley, Josh McFarland and Brandon Frazer bring a youthful exuberance to the Regent squad and they will look forward to their first Cup outing.
Harris has really led his team by example and is the leading try scorer. Taylor Nutt has had a great season with his boot and the Dungannon team will know not to give needless penalties away in their half.
Aaron May, in the Regent midfield, has displayed great creativity in many games. This has been of benefit to the wingers, Matthew Stanex and David Jamieson, both of whom love to get the ball in their hands.
Head coach, Lowry, has worked hard to ensure his charges peak at just the right time. He will hope his squad repay all his hard work on Saturday.
Royal School, Dungannon team took themselves of to Portugal in December for a training camp in preparation for their cup campaign.
For a school with such a limited number of players, over the years, have always looked forward to their Cup encounters.
The ‘class of 2015’ will be no different. The school won the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy last season. That achievement has given the current team the desire to go, at least, one step further this season.
Team coaches, Gareth McClintock, Gareth Lucas and Jason Hunniford, will hope to have a squad of fully fit players from which to make their final selections. They have a young, but talented, group of players, many of who will make their cup debuts.
Team captain, John Buckley, will look to his pack to get the quality possession his backs desire. Forwards such as Jim Meng, Jonathan Black, David Cooper, Josh McKee, Josh Black and Peter Doran will have vital roles to play in both the set piece and the breakdown areas.
There is an array of talent in the Dungannon backline with players such as Nathan McCammon, Matthew Smyth, Aaron Perry, Aaron McCammon and Philip Wilson all hoping to get the opportunity to display their attacking skills in the course of this game. Results wise, it has been something of a mixed season for the Dungannon team but going into this game as underdogs will suit their Cup pedigree just fine.