Rugby Wrap Up | November & December 2023

1st XV

The squad started off November travelling to Enniskillen Royal where they took an early lead, however ERGs fought back to finish in a 19-19 draw. Next was a must win schools cup match against Bangor grammar which was held at home grounds. Josh Ferguson secured the first try after only 4 minutes with James Gibson adding the 2 points for an early lead. Soon after prop John Carroll rumbled over the line for another 5 and Gibson added the 2 again. The game finished a convincing 35-12 with Carroll and man of the match Ferguson both scoring doubles. They kept good momentum with a 31-22 victory over Coleraine. They finished December with an unfortunate defeat over Larne Grammar where they lost by just a point. They now go on to play Dalriada in the Bowl.

2nd XV

The seconds got off to a challenging start to the month after a tough defeat to ERGS but bounced back with a 13-0 win against Bangor with baller Alex Welton scoring a penalty kick. They really picked up momentum away in Coleraine with a huge team effort winning 43-17 with 6 people getting a place on the scoresheet and Ethan Burke getting man of the match. Building to the next seconds cup game the seconds penetrated the Foyle College’s defences with ease winning 38-19 securing their place in the last 16 of the cup. The quarter final dream did not live on as they got humbled by Sullivan losing 33-19 with 2 tries from Max Patterson and a standout performance. The squad did manage to secure a place in the 2nd xv plate against Friends school Lisburn

Medallion

The meds opened the month with a loss to Ballymena, losing 29-7 but got back on track winning 14-12 against Bangor with Thomas Jenkins scoring 1 try and converting 2 and earning man of the match. The Medallion then drew Larne Grammar in the medallion round 2 and stormed past them with a 40-11 win, with Harry Mills and Ben Lowey scoring twice each. The squad moved on to defeat Banbridge very narrowly by one point, winning 22-21. They then qualified for the final 16 of the medallion shield and faced off against Down High where they rattled Down High winning 44-10. This was a very strong finishing of the month from the squad.

U14s

The 3rd year started off the month with a 14-0 victory over Ballymena with Charlie Stinson getting man of the match. They continued to build with an impressive 27-5 victory over Bangor. They finished November unbeaten with a third victory in a row over Coleraine winning 31-15, with Joel Clarke boosting the team with 3 conversions and a try. They continued into December with a huge 48-14 win over Banbridge, with excellent performances coming from Adam Nixon scoring 4 tries and getting joint man of the match with Matus Slajus. They then cruised past Larne Grammar with a 22-0 win, finishing both months undefeated.

U13s

The U13 squad started the month with a tight defeat against ERGS, finishing 17-12, with Andrew Irwin scoring both tries and getting man of the match. The team got unlucky once again with another tight match, finishing 24-21 to Bangor. After another few tough weeks they finished the month with a promising 28-41 defeat to BRA, but playing some good rugby.

U12s

The U12s took part in their first competitive matches for RSD this month, with both the A and B team humbling Omagh 45-30. Both teams then continued good form annihilating RSA with the A team scoring 13 tries and the Bs running in 9. The boys have made fantastic progress in their first few months playing rugby and hope to build and improve as a team.

Thanks to Caleb Burke & Josh Ferguson for this report.

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