SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Limavady Grammar shine against Cambridge House

Cambridge House's reuben russell in action with Limavady Grammar's mark woods.
Cambridge House's reuben russell in action with Limavady Grammar's mark woods.

Cambridge House 13 Limavady Grammar 27

Played under the lights at Eaton Park, Ballymena Rugby Club, Limavady produced a workmanlike display to progress into the second round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup with a 27-13 win over Cambridge House.

On a perfect evening for a game of rugby a huge crowd gathered to witness a first class game.

Cambridge House started well and took an early 3-0 lead when James Bovill converted a penalty opportunity with a superb strike from the touchline.

But Limavady went into a 7-3 lead after a try from Mark Woods - finishing off some neat handling skills by the backline - was converted by Jim McCartney.

McCartney added a penalty and Limavady went into the break leading 15-3 when, having kicked a penalty to touch, the lineout and driving maul resulted in an unconverted try for Gurpatap Sandhu.

The Ballymena school started the second half strongly, and Bovill landed a penalty to peg the scoreboard back to 15-6.

Limavady then played their way back down the pitch and set up camp in the Cambridge House ‘22’. A series of well-constructed phase plays finished when David Mullen scored an unconverted try to increase Limavady lead to 20-6.

From the restart the game swung to the other end of the pitch. Sam Millar, the impressive Cambridge centre, broke through the Limavady defence and ran a great line to finish off with a try under the opposition posts. Bovill added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 20-13.

The last 10 minutes saw both teams raise the level of excitement by attacking at every opportunity. Cambridge House looked as if they were about to score only to see a loose pass intercepted.

Limavady’s Woods ran the length of the pitch to score a try. McCartney added the extras to secure the winning 27-13 margin.

Limavady will travel to meet Bangor Grammar in the second round on Saturday, January 23, while Cambridge House go into the Schools’ Trophy and will entertain Strabane Academy in a quarter-final tie.