RAINEY ROAR: BEWARE OF THE UNDERDOG!

ALL SET... Rainey Endowed 1st XI captain Thomas Booth all set for Saturday's  School's Cup 4th round tie with Methodist College.mm06-344sr

ALL SET... Rainey Endowed 1st XI captain Thomas Booth all set for Saturday's School's Cup 4th round tie with Methodist College.mm06-344sr

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THE tale of the underdog has been etched into the annals of history. The zero who overcomes all obstacles to become an instant hero.

The minnow who defeats a giant just like David, who kept chipping away at Goliath and eventually sent him tumbling to the ground.

Methodist College go into this Saturday’s Schools Cup fixture against Rainey Endowed as favourites. Rugby experts up and down the country have written off the Magherafelt lads.

One of the most successful and largest rugby schools in the country against the hard working country boys from Magherafelt. However, write them off at your peril.

In sport, simply having the largest pool and best players does not always guarantee victory. Hard work, determination and belief can prevail. Rainey will work themselves into the ground to try and write their names in history.

Coach Chris Campbell acknowledges how difficult the task is ahead of his side. However, he believes that there is a belief and a desire within the panel to cause one of the biggest Schools Cup shocks in the history of this famous competition.

“Within the camp we have a belief of the underdog. That non league minnow who play Manchester United and get a result, against all the odds.”

“We have done our homework on Methody. Make no doubt about it they are a tidy outfit and are physically very strong. We have our own game plan and we will stick with it.”

There is a real buzz around the school and the town about the game. A large crowd is expected to attend on Saturday and Campbell believes that they can play their part.

“Since rugby started here in the 60s we have always been difficult to beat on our own patch. BRA came down here expecting to win and left with their tail between their legs. A vociferous home support would spur on the lads and it gives them that extra bit of motivation.”

The close knit panel have trained intensively over the last couple of weeks and training has gone superbly.

“We have trained well and everyone is looking forward to Saturday. The Schools Cup run has helped to develop a real bond within the squad and you will not find a more spirited bunch in school rugby.”

Kick off is at 11am at the school playing fields.