On Saturday 24th January 2015 Wellington College 1st XV hosted Friends’ School Lisburn in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy Quarter final, with Friends’ emerging as 11-10 winners.

The home side started the game brightly and took a 5-0 lead when Ross Dunning scored an unconverted try in the corner straight from the kick off. However, after some spells of good attacking rugby, Friends’ converted a penalty to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Moments later, Friends’ took the lead when they charged down an attempted clearance kick deep in the Wellington 22m area and reacted first to the loose ball to touch down in the try area. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 8-5 to Friends.

With half time approaching, Wellington’s hooker Aaron Nelson showed some blistering pace down the wing, before going over in the corner for an unconverted try to put the Wellington College team into a 10-8 lead at half time.

The second half saw both teams contest the game on an equal footing. As time wore on, several carries from the Wellington pack came agonizingly close to crossing the lines on a number of occasions. Yet with ten minutes to go, Friends’ were awarded a penalty on the Wellington 10m line. This penalty was converted, leaving the score at 11-10 in favour of Friends’.

With thirty seconds to go Wellington won a penalty and sent the ball into the corner. The Friends’ forwards disrupted the line out, the ball was kicked out and the final whistle was blown.

This was a very close game, with the Wellington side very unlucky not to capitalize when it was needed. A special mention must go to the departing Y14 players from the side: James Hayes (captain of the 1st XV), David Montgomery, Ross Dunning, Jamie Freil, Paul Edmonds, Jonny Lindsay and Stephen Allsopp. Many thanks to these players for their commitment to the rugby team over the past number of years. We wish them all the best for the future.

Jamie Dorman Y13

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