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Belfast Royal Academy defeated Grosvenor Grammar School 31-14 when the teams met at Roughfort, the winners earning a 3rd Round date at Down High School.

Grosvenor could not have got off to a better start when Mark Courtney sliced through the home defence to put Daniel Martin in for a try in the corner, Adam Skelton adding the conversion. But B.R.A. then got some quality possession and strong running in midfield eventually yielded three penalties, Michael Wilson landing all three for a 9-7 home lead.

And despite the best defensive efforts of Grosvenor’s Adam Skelton, Thomas Quinn and Jos McConkey the home side’s Jack Burton scored a try, Wilson converting, to increase the B.R.A. Using the wind to pin the Grosvenor team in its own ’22’ BRA’s half-backs created pressure from Tom Gilpin helped put Francis Collins in for an unconverted try to leave the home side 21-7 in front at the break.

The Academy pressure continued in the second half and a try from Jay McCrum, converted by Wilson, added to that advantage, then Wilson added another penalty to put the game out-of-reach for Grosvenor.

With time running out, though, the visitors got some reward when Jack Mahon took advantage of quality possession from a lineout to rumble over for a try which Adam Skelton improved to complete the 31-14 scoreline.

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Match report courtesy of Ulster Rugby, photos courtesy of PressEye

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