Down High opted to play the first half into the strong Roughfort wind. Throughout the half they retained the ball well and showed plenty of attacking intent. Despite this and against the run of play, BRA scored the first try of the match when a midfield attack off a lineout followed by some shoddy tackles from the Down High defence saw the hosts run in from their own half. The conversion was added.
Down responded fairly swiftly when Patrick Wright converted a penalty a few minutes later. Down did create other scoring chances in the half but lacked a clinical edge in when these arose, especially in the wide channels. This left the half time score at 7-5 in favour of the North Belfast side.
Following the turnaround, Down High's half backs made smart use of the wind. This tactic combined with the attacking play the side had shown in the first half brought the home side under sustained pressure which soon gave way to points for the men in green. Patrick Wright did miss a penalty early in the half but from there Down took all their chances. Ricky Gill found a gap to score their first try. Wright then added a penalty. Forwards, Thomas McCavera and William Martin delivered the next two tries both showing excellent support skills. Scrum half Chris Gibson, who had a great day at the office, scored next after exploiting a hole in the home side's fringe defence. Having converted all but one of these tries, Paddy Wright finished off the day with a converted try of his own.
All in all this was a convincing and confidence boosting performance from the Down High seniors and one which capped of a fantastic day of rugby for the school.