Saturday’s 3rd Round Schools Cup Tie between Belfast Royal Academy and near neighbours, Belfast High School, was dominated by the wind and rain that only Roughfort can provide.

BRA kicked off into the driving rain and within 2 minutes had taken the lead when Rory Linden scored, following a sweeping move by forwards and backs. Daniel Logan converted from in front of the posts to give BRA a 7 – 0 lead.

Thereafter defences cancelled out attacks and stalemate ensued until Belfast High cut the deficit with a penalty goal from Aaron Douglas.

In the final move of the 1st half Adam Keed drove over from close range to give BRA a 12 -3 half time lead.

In the second half BRA couldn’t take advantage of the elements and waves of attacks were repulsed by a resolute BHS defence.

In the final move of the game Tom Stewart scored from close range to give BRA a 17 – 3 victory and looking forward to the 4th Round Draw on Monday.

Report and pictures – Bob Given Photography

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Ageing hooker who played rugby in England, Wales and Scotland before returning home to see out my twilight years with Larne RFC's Mighty 5th XV. I've a special interest in Irish Women's Rugby and enjoy covering Ireland U20's and Ulster Schools in an attempt to "discover" the stars of the future!

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