MALONE SECONDS 14 BANN SECONDS 22
Banbridge Seconds put the disappointment of last week’s Towns’ Cup exit behind them to claim their first points of the season in the Ulster Rugby Premiership Second XV League.
Having lost narrowly away to Malone earlier in the season, Colin Bickerstaff’s young side travelled to Gibson Park keen to put the record straight.
Bann started strongly and took a deserved early lead through Robin Sinton. The young flanker’s 40 metre run saw him sidestep two defenders and shrug off several more to score under the posts. Aaron Kennedy added the conversion.
After Malone drew level midway through the half a Kennedy penalty nudged Bann ahead again, before the visitors extended their lead with a try of the season contender.
Ferocious counter-rucking halted a Malone attack deep in Bann’s “22”, allowing Matthew Laird to carry upfield and offload to Alex Megaw. When he was stopped on halfway Mike Bentley was on hand to continue the move and the big No 8’s pass found wing Chris Patterson who raced in unopposed.
Kennedy again converted and Bann led 17-7 at the interval.
Malone had the wind advantage in the second half and did pull one score back but another long range Bann try sealed the win. John Porter stripped the ball from his opposite number in a tackle and raced in from 75 metres, avoiding a despairing high tackle to score at the corner.
Despite the win, Bann are still bottom of the table but due to the close nature of the league only two points behind this Saturday’s opponents, Omagh Seconds who are in third.