After a flattering result the previous week against Larne Grammar School, the Down High Medallion squad travelled to Grosvenor hoping to carry a tough week of training onto the pitch.
Paddy Browne began the match with a hanging kick deep into the Grosvenor pack with the Down High forwards following eagerly. Continuous pressure in Grosvenor’s half led to a charge down by Lewis Canning, which he finished himself to score the opening try. Browne converted with no difficulty.
A slow reset in the Down defence allowed Ben Davison to power over to bring Grosvenor back into the game. The try wasn’t converted.
Further tries from Claytan Milligan, Jack Gibson and Jonny Mccoubrey gave Down High the confidence to play quality rugby. Paddy Browne safely converted all of three of these tries.
Throughout the first half Grosvenor had their fair share of attacking chances, but a consistent brick wall defence made sure there were no more tries for the Belfast school.
The half ended as 26-5 giving Grosvenor plenty to talk about but coach Mr Carson was convinced that Down High could do one better in the second half.
The second half opened with smart attacking from Down High, eventually leading to a debut try from Andrew McCullough. William Annett is owed credit for his timing in the offload. Browne failed to convert.
Even though their attack was thriving, with many strong carries from Zac Ward, Down didn’t let their defence slip. The forwards managed to hold up Grosvenor’s attempts at scoring over the line whilst Jonny Mccoubrey, Sam Rickard and Lewis Canning made aggressive upfront tackles.
The tries continued to add to the scoreboard with Terry Hutley, Marcus Graham and Paddy Browne all getting over the Grosvenor try line. The fly-half converted all three closing tries.
This match was won through the contribution of all 23 squad members with the forwards dominating a pack larger than themselves and the back line looking dangerous throughout the game.
Man of the Match: Jonny Mccoubrey and Zac Ward