Tuesday 20 March 2018

Campbell to see off Belfast rivals

Campbell College v RBAI, Ravenhill, 3.0, M Black (Ulster Branch). Live BBC2

TWO of Ulster schools rugby's traditional heavyweights do battle for Ulster bragging rights at Ravenhill this afternoon.

With 51 schools titles between them, the Belfast rivals have earned their places in today's decider on the basis of some excellent performances over the campaign.

Campbell took three attempts to see off Methody at the quarter-final stage, while Inst needed a replay to beat Armagh Royal in the second round.

It's 31 years since these schools met in the final and Campbell are looking to end a nine-year wait for the crown with a side packed with representative players.

Christopher Farrell, Rory Scholes, John Creighton, Christopher Best and Charlie Gallagher have all lined out for either the Ireland Schools U-18 or U-19 teams.

Inst lack the star power, but while have shown plenty of heart to reach this stage and possess a strong pack, they will start as outsiders.

Verdict: Campbell College

Campbell College -- R Scholes, M Rogers, C Best, C Farrell, R Haldane, J Creighton (capt), G Bailie, S McBrien, K Adams, R Taylor, J Cooke, G Crooks, M Best, J-F Bester, C Gallagher, E Vollands, C Jordan, R Greenwood, S Moffett, T Bill, C McGlade, B Sloan.

RBAI -- M Madill, J McClure, N Brown, N Dougan, K McLean, G Lawlor, M McGuigan, M Keane, M Taylor, P Bell (capt), Z Welshman, P Anderson, B Alexander, M Kilpatrick, J Martin, A Browne, A Roulston, M Mairs, T Dowling, D Clegg, R Keane, C Neill.


Irish Independent

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