BANN FIFTHS 38 RAINEY THIRDS 33
Rainey started well with two very good tries involving their whole back line.
Bann came back with a superb try from Paul Tamati who pirouetted round four players to score in the corner.
Rainey responded well with another two good tries, taking the score to 5-28 with 20 minutes played .
The Bann pack stepped up and charging runs from prop Sandy Heak and back row Brian O’Shaughnessy brought the home side back into the Rainey “22” from where full back Russell Anderson went in for a score .
A second try from centre Tamati quickly followed leaving Bann 17-28 in arrears at the break.
Bann started the second period well with a lot of pressure on the Rainey line and Tim Sinton, O’Shaughnessy and Heak were all held up over the try line. Eventually winger Jordan Mullan scored off a five metre scrum.
However Rainey hit back and their fifth try took them 33-24 ahead with 15 minutes left.
Bann proved they had more in their tank than the opposition and penalties from Francois Viljoen and Mullan and tries from Andy Cowan and David Neill saw the home side overhaul the opposition.
Strong tackling from wing forwards Jonny Mullan and Josh Edwards prevented Rainey stealing it in the last five minutes. Both teams will remember this game for a long time!