BGS 59-5 Belfast Metropolitan College
by Simon Hull
On Saturday morning, Belfast Metropolitan College travelled to Gransha, for a lively encounter with Bangor Grammar School's 1st XV.
The hosts took no time at all to open the scoring; full-back Lewis Hatty charging through a gap before touching down under the posts. Rhys Larmour found no difficulty in adding the conversion.
Five minutes later, Hatty was through again following a nice exchange of passes with Harry Angus down the left channel.
No matter how hard they tried, Belfast Met just couldn't keep the ball but dug deep to keep the young grammar side on their toes.
Shortly after, a rare Bangor error gifted Met a kick to the corner. From the lineout, the visitors successfully passed the ball across the pitch, and their fullback stretched over Bangor bodies to claim their only points.
Centre, Conor Lusty was Bangor's only scorer last week, and he continued his fine form with another two tries this week. The first was again set up by Harry Angus, as a timely offload cleared the defence for Lusty to run the final 20 metres unchallenged. His second was pretty similar, except Rhys Larmour this time opened the gap.
Between Lusty's scores were tries from lock Patrick Dobie and winger Michael McCreary; both players chalking up their first points in the 1st XV jersey. Their tries were both further examples of Belfast Met failing to close gaps and mark Bangor players at the edge of the pitch.
Larmour's kicking was on point throughout, hitting the target with all of his first four conversion attempts.
Next to cross the whitewash was Bangor's Adam Pritchard, powering his way through three Met players en route. Over the past year, Pritchard has proved to be an engine in the Bangor scrum. Remarkably this was also his first try for the 1st XV.
The most controversial moment of the match came as Belfast Met’s #4 tackled Will Simpson dangerously high. Fortunately, Simpson was able to continue unharmed whilst the perpetrator was ordered off the pitch. A quirk of schools' rugby meant that Met could continue with 15 players.
Two more debut tries for Bangor followed for Luke Norman and Ross Campbell, punishing ever-increasing gaps in the opposing back line. Both tries were converted by Harry McCracken.
This was a ruthless performance and a morale booster for the BGS 1st XV; though more significant tests lie ahead, not least Ballymena Academy next Saturday.
Final Score: Bangor Grammar School 59-5 Belfast Metropolitan College
Teamsheet: 1. Skelly, 2. Moore, 3. Cavan, 4. Bull, 5. Dobie, 6. Winters, 7. Murray, 8. Pritchard, 9. Hamilton, 10. Larmour, 11. Angus, 12. Lusty, 13. Stewart, 14. Simpson, 15. Hatty.
Substitutes: 16. McNeice, 17. Pyper, 18. Norman, 19. Ritchie, 20. Kerr, 21. Campbell, 22. McCracken, 23. Webb, 24. McCreary
BGS Tries: Lewis Hatty (x2), Conor Lusty (x2), Patrick Dobie, Michael McCreary, Adam Pritchard, Luke Norman, Ross Campbell.
BGS Conv: Rhys Larmour (x5), Harry McCracken (x2)
BMC Tries: x1