Down High received the kick off and after a shaky start they managed to go through a number of phases which led to the first try being scored by out half Paddy Browne. As the match progressed Down High where clearly shown as the dominant team but lost the ball in contact a few times which led to a number of scrums. However, there was no need to worry for the County Down side dominated every scrum due to a huge performance from the whole pack (particularly the front row) especially Nathan Rogerson who refused to take a backward step in each and every scrum. This dominance led to further trys from Zac Ward, Angus Ferris, William Annett, Andrew McCullough and Jonny McCoubrey. However, after a lot of Portadown pressure, they crossed the line to produce the first down point in this encouraging first half.
The second half began with Down High kicking deep into the Portadown half. Hard, first up tackles from Sam Richard, Rory Horder and Jonny Mccoubrey meant that Portadown where on the back foot for the whole match. The Down High lineout also functioned superbly well with Kaho Yim and Matthew Porter taking clean ball and presenting nicely for scrum half Terry Hutley. Porter also played supremely well in the middle of the park as he stole many balls from the Portadown forwards along with Clayton Milligan and Zac Ward. As the match progressed, the Down High backs where getting quick ball and where playing extremely well as they took the ball from depth and at pace. This go-forward ball led to some great trys from Clayton Milligan, William Annett and Ronan Patterson who moved up from a strong U14 side and played well. As the match drew to a close, Down High where playing some of the best and most exciting rugby they had played all season and a great try involving a backs move was ! scored by Andrew McCullough which finished off a great match from the boys in green.
The Down High coaches were very happy with the exciting and intelligent performance that the boys produced and the team where also thrilled about the manner in which they won. They look forward to the rest of the season.