Royal Belfast academical Institution entertained Bangor Grammar at Osborne Park on Saturday morning with the home side recording a 40 – 17 win.

The first half was barely a minute old when Inst took the lead through an Ewan Magee unconverted try. Further pressure yielded two penalty goals from the boot of team captain Robin McIlveen.

Inst dominated territory and possession so it was against the run of play when Aaron Sexton received the ball 40 metres out, after a breakaway, to beat two defenders and score close to the posts. Rhys Larmour converted and  added a penalty goal.

On the stroke of half time Inst scored an unconverted try by Bradley McNamara to consolidate a half time lead of 23 -10. In the second half Inst continued to dominate with Magee grabbing a second try and Zac Simpson, Zac Davidson and McIlveen all crossed for one each. McIlveen converting one.

Bangor’s heads didn’t go down and they strung together a series of phases culminating in a Ben McCrossan try, converted byLarmour.

Inst thoroughly deserved their 40 – 17 win.

Merry Christmas!

Report and photo credit – Bob Given Photography

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