SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Grosvenor in dominant form against Cambridge House


The Belfast boys got off to the best possible start when, from the kick-off, the Cambridge House team turned the ball over.

Grosvenor's Thomas Quinn pushes forward to score a try

Grosvenor's Thomas Quinn pushes forward to score a try

Grosvenor worked their way through the phases before Caleb McCullough went over for an unconverted try in the corner and a 5-0 lead.

Within minutes a Cambridge infringement and Mark Johnston extended the lead to 8-0 from the resultant penalty.

In the final minutes of the first half, the Ballymena team turned over lineout ball close to the line.

Grosvenor then moved the ball with width, their centre, Thomas Quinn broke three tackles and finish with a try under the posts.

Johnston added the conversion for a 15-0 lead advantage.

Cambridge House, with the last play of the first half, got some reward for their endeavours when James Bovill converted a penalty opportunity to reduce the deficit to 15-3 at the break.

Grosvenor started the second half strongly. They gained possession and spent a great deal of time in the opposition third of the pitch.

From a series of forward drives, Daniel Mayhew eventually forced his way over to touch down for an unconverted try

Johnston was denied a try a few minutes later. He was almost certain to score only for an outstanding cover defence tackle to deny him.

However, the Grosvenor victory was secured when Andrew Boyd touched down for a try following good work from his pack.

The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the Grosvenor were on their way and will be a team to avoid in further rounds for any opposition.