RBAI 22 Wallace 8

On Tuesday March 8th the Medallion returned to Kingspan Stadium in pursuit of a third Medallion Shield title in a row. This year was to be a repeat of last season’s final against Wallace however this time RBAI were hot favourites having beaten MCB 24-5.

The match was a very even affair early on and there was certainly no evidence that Inst were going to walk their way to winning. However, after 20 minutes it was centre Robin McIllveen who scored under the posts having cut a perfect line off his centre partner Ewan Magee. Robin added the conversion to his own try, 7-0.

Three minutes later Wallace hit straight back with a try of their own following pressure off the restart. Although not converted, this try seemed to give Wallace a lot of confidence going into half time.

The first 15 minutes of the second half was all Wallace and only for a number of covering tackles were numerous try scoring opportunities stopped. After 15 minutes Wallace took the lead with a penalty kick and this seemed to spur the Inst boys into life. From here on the Inst pack started to dominate the match and their physicality started to take its toll on the opposition. Inst took the lead back with a McIllveen penalty but Inst were not finished there.

As the clock slipped into the last ten minutes Inst were now displaying some of the form that got them to the final and it was prop Reece Anderson who scored to extend the lead. After missing the quarter and the semi through having his appendix out this was a great reward for Reece. McIllveen converted and now the result looked safe.

However, the boys were not finished and exciting fullback Simon Jackson had the last say scoring in the corner to finish the game 22-8. Although the score probably flattered Inst a little there was no doubt in the last 15 minutes the boys looked by far the dominant team.

Congratulations must go to captain Angus Adair and the coaching staff of Mr Monteith, Mr McMullan and Mr Peak.

Having won three in a row this highlights the wonderful development of players continuing in the junior school and all coaches working with under 12-under 14 should take great satisfaction from this result.