BANN SECONDS 58 QUEEN’S 0
Bann Seconds proved much too strong for their Queen’s counterparts in this Conference League game, with the home side running in ten tries without reply for a facile bonus point win.
Banbridge started strongly with the pack dominating the opening exchanges. Some good kicking from out half Robin Thompson and strong running from centre Cameron Cromie gave Bann good field position and laid the foundation for their opening score. A driven maul from a lineout eight metres out from the Queen’s line saw the pack rumble over with flanker Matthew Bell dotting down for his first try for the club.
From the resultant kick off, Bann were immediately back on the attack. Some neat handling, followed by several phases in the opponents “22”, saw Thompson go over for the second try before adding the points off the tee.
The third try came after a scrappy Bann lineout which could have put scrum half Josh Cromie under pressure, but instead the young No 9 side-stepped a would-be tackler and handed off another as he sped down the wing from 40 metres out for a 17-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, the forwards underlined their superiority with a pushover try, returning No 8 and AIL veteran Andy Brown touching down.
The scores continued in quick succession, the next coming after a line break from Cameron Cromie and a deft floated pass from the big man put Stephen Cowan across the whitewash. Then Thompson again went in for a try in the right hand corner on the stroke of half time, with his impressive conversion putting his side 34 points clear.
The second half continued in similar fashion, with Captain Paul Ross scoring twice, man of the match Josh Cromie touching down again and Chris Watt rounding off the scoring as the ref called an early halt to proceedings.
Coach Simon McKinstry was, needless to say, pleased with the performance. “We’ve improved well over the last few weeks” he commented afterwards. “Having experienced players like Robin (Thompson), Coly (Bickerstaff) and AB (Andy Brown) is priceless, our young guys can learn so much from them.
“The younger players like Cameron Cromie and Matty Bell are improving all the time, they both played well today. Josh Cromie had his best game for the 2nds and he knows I expect that from him. Hopefully that win, following on from a good performance against Ballymoney, can give the boys some confidence and we can build on that over the rest of the season. ”
Bann Seconds’ team:- Jason Gribbon, Chris Watt, Stephen Cowan, Cameron Cromie, Gareth Houston, Robin Thompson, Josh Cromie, Colin Bickerstaff, Paul Ross, Ross Haughey, Alan Conn, Kallan Martin, Stephen Patterson, Matthew Bell, Andy Brown.