Rainey ES played the Belfast Giants, RBAI, in what is always a very difficult fixture for the Magherafelt boys.
The ’P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored 1st XV played at home in pleasant conditions. Rainey started strongly putting a lot of pressure on the Inst defence.
Timmy Andrews and Anton Lupari were amongst a few members of the forwards who were causing Inst problems.
The Belfast boys showed how dangerous they could be and how they punish mistakes. A lost lineout in the Rainey half gave Inst a rare attacking opportunity and they capitalised to score.
Rory Nicholl almost hit back but, with half time approaching, Inst went on the attack. Unfortunately a missed Rainey tackle let the Belfast boys in for their second try.
Inst came out in the second half hoping to put the game out of Rainey’s reach. They produced some powerful play which gave them three unanswered tries.
Rainey, however, rallied in the last 15 minutes, and got a deserved score when after a number of rucks Scott Campbell fed Conal Murphywho stormed over the line. Kieran Lynch converted to reduce the score to 31-7.
Right on the final whistle Inst got their final try, Although Inst were very clinical the Rainey boys can be satisfied with many parts of this performance.
The ‘Quinn’s Coach Hire’ sponsored Rainey 2nd XV hosted RBAI on the back of 3 wins in a row and hoped to continue that run with another win.
Unfortunately, things did not start well for Rainey as a sloppy knock on gifted Inst a try in a dangerous area of the pitch. Three phases later and Inst had scored out wide.
Inst were not about to let their foot of the gas running in 2 more almost identical tries in quick succession leaving the score 21-0 after 20 minutes.
Rainey eventually stirred to life and some strong running from winger Thomas Carleton started to punch a few holes in the Inst defence. Inst were struggling to cope with the quality of Rainey’s offloading and a flowing move took Rainey all the way to Inst’s 22. However, the ball was turned over and this allowed Inst to go the length of the field and score. One more score for Inst before half time left the score 31-0
Rainey started the second half much more brightly with Mark Allingham making some bruising hits. Inst then came back strongly camping themselves in the Rainey half. Ten minutes of fine Rainey resistance was eventually broken with Inst again scoring out wide.
Rainey’s efforts for the day were not to go unrewarded. Some direct running by Allingham put RBAI on the back foot, and created over-lap for Euan Lennox to crashover.
The‘Cunningham Covers’ and ‘AC Engineering (Magherafelt)’ sponsored Rainey Endowed Medallion Squad had a tough trip to play an impressive RBAI Medallion in Belfast. However, after three wins on the trot Rainey went into the game confident. Unfortunately, Inst started strongly and scored two early tries to set the tone for the game. RBAI continued to attack relentlessly eventually running out 62-0 winners, although to their credit the Rainey players never gave up and can take a few positives from the game.
Rainey U13A and Under 13B travelled to RBAI with the A team trying to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Inst scored in the corner right from the whistle
From an Inst scrum on the visitor’s five metre line, a flanker ran straight under the posts.
Rainey almost had a try at the start of the second half but Inst broke through and made it to the half way line when Harry Evans made a spectacular tackle. But the Inst backs broke Rainey’s defence again and scored in the corner.
Inst kicked to touch and took a lineout, passing it out to the backline, when their centre made an outrageous dummy and switched direction, to score in the corner. The conversion was easily converted and it ended the game 26-0 and a first Rainey loss. The Under 13B also played RBAI in Belfast and lost a very keenly contested game 26-5, with Taylor Devlin scoring the Rainey try.
This Saturday’s fixtures are against Limavady GS. The 1st XV and 2nd XV are away.
The Under 13A, Under 13B, Under 14s and Medallion are at home with 10.00am kick offs. All support welcome.