Danske Bank Schools' Cup victory

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s 1st XV rugby team which earned a well-deserved victory over a courageous Cambridge House side in the opening round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup on the morning of Saturday 11th January.

Playing at home, Grosvenor started well and took a 7-0 lead early in the game; Mark Johnston made a telling break before off-loading to the supporting Zac Smith who still had some work to do but finished well for the opening try. Jonah McDowell added the resulting conversion to give the Grosvenor a 7-0 lead.

The Grosvenor team continued to control possession and disrupt what little ball the Cambridge House team managed to get their hands on, and before long more good work from the GGS pack presented Smith with the opportunity to score his second try and extend the lead to 12-0.

Despite this promising start, just before the break Cambridge House took advantage of some sloppy Grosvenor work at a ruck; Chris Da Mata turned the ball over and the move finished with an unconverted try for the away team which was run in from a full seventy metres, leaving the half-time score at a competitive 12-5 to the hosts.         

The start of the second half saw Zac Smith complete his hat trick when good continuity from the Grosvenor team presented him with the opportunity to score his third try. The conversion attempt was missed but the try alone enabled Grosvenor to establish a 17-7 lead. By this point the Grosvenor line-out was functioning well and, following a driven maul, James Cartilage picked the ball up and drove over the Cambridge House line to touch down for an unconverted try and extend his team’s lead to 22-7.

Following this Cambridge House scored their second try of the game when they applied pressurize to a GGS scrum; this enabled them to turn the ball over in midfield and run in for a converted try to reduce the deficit to 22-14.  Karl McLean scored a try for Grosvenor after coming away with the ball following an excellent driven maul. Jonah McDowell added the conversion to put his team into a 29-14 lead.

Midway through the second half James Cartilage got his second try of the game which Jonah McDowell converted to increase the Grosvenor GS lead to 36-14. Finally, Grosvenor completed the day’s scoring through Mark Johnston, with Jonah McDowell again converting to leave GGS as 43-12 winners.

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s entire squad of players, as well as coaches Mr Kyle McCallan and Mr Gary Hunter, on their hard-fought victory.  They now await their second round fixture at home to Bangor Grammar School on Saturday 25th January – everybody within the School wishes them the best of luck for this encounter.

Grosvenor out-half Zac Smith makes a break during his side's Danske Bank Schools' Cup encounter against Cambridge House on Saturday 11th January