Saturday marked the start of Sullivan’s Schools Cup journey. The 1st XV were drawn away to BRA and after a tough training camp in Bushmills, the team were ready to take the field against a BRA team they had beaten earlier in the season.
With the weather playing up and Christmas snow falling in mid-January it was touch and go whether the match would be played or not. The game kicked off after a half an hour delay with Sullivan receiving playing into the wind.
A strong BRA start saw them lead 11-6 for the majority of the first half but an Oliver Faith try before half time meant Sullivan went in 13-11 up at the break. Sullivan got the upper hand at the start of the second half with some stellar displays by captain Adam McKenna and Rory Kirkpatrick, who scored two second half tries. BRA did not go away easy and always kept within a converted score, however a strong Sullivan side saw out the game in the BRA half to win 25-19 and advance to the 4th Round.
Sullivan will be at home to Down High in 4th Round on Saturday 3 February 2018 with a 10.30 am Kick Off.