Rugby for Beginners

As a journalist we are told to experience everything, even sport, even rugby.

As a GAA based family including a grandfather who blessed himself at the word soccer, rugby was never on power. I knew the ball was egged, New Zealand had a team, and they had a dance ritual

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After Belfast Royal Academy (BRA) drew with Bangor’s Regent House in the 2XV cup I was brought to the replay.

When I arrived at the grounds I was disappointed the New Zealand dancing was not part of this teams pre-match. I on the other hand was wiggling for warmth. One similarity stood out between all sports, the atmosphere was electric.

The match had a slow start but soon Belfast Royal Academy awoke with a Jack Forbes try. He then went for the conversion. Jack made use of a cone as he lost his kicking tee and SS Moore’s were closed, with little difference he successfully scored the conversion.  The first half had BRA in the lead with Regent house attempting to get hold of the game but they failed to keep the ball thanks to the efforts of Samuel Hamil who kicked for territory relieving pressure.

During the second half BRA struggled to keep the ball, but even then Regent could not score. Samuel kicked which resulted in an injury. He tried to play but the discomfort was clear. Samuel had a strong kick and each time Regent got the ball he got it back to BRA. With good or bad a few minutes later the ball came towards me. Although it could have been a small child at my feet as that would also cause confusion.

Alister Mc Gary said “BRA danced their way around the pitch to victory!” BRA won with an embarrassing defeat of 56-0 against regent house. I caught up with the recovered Samuel Hamil at the end of the match. He said “it was a brilliant match, we played well and hope we can keep up the standard for the rest of the season.”

Despite my lack of knowledge around the game I found the experience enjoyable and look forward to more matches, but I’ll leave the Sports enthusiasts to report them.

In the end Regent House suffered a huge 56-0 defeat.

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