RBAI put up a brave fight in the 2013 Schools Cup rugby at Ravenhill on Monday.
But Methodist College Belfast (MCB) ran out worthy winners to retain the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup shield, the 34th in the south Belfast school’s history.
Methody deserved their 20-5 win over city centre rivals Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI).
INST took the lead with an early score from captain from Joshua Aktinson but their game plan was disrupted when they lost the flanker to injury.
Josh Bingham levelled the scores when he showed his power and pace to go over from close range but he missed the conversion and was also off target wityh a drop goal so the sides were level at 5-5 at half time.
Conor Kelly gave Methody the lead nine minutes into the second half from a slick backs move when Rudi Benade open3ed up the defence before offloading to his wing colleague.
Bingham’s second try three minutes from the end sealed thye victory and gave Methody a 34th outright victory in the competition.
RBAI: F Wright, I Jones, N Brown, R Bell, R Campbell, J McClure, C Young; P Vincent, J Carruthers, D U-Hyon C Magee, J Scott, T Boyd, J Atkinson (capt) P Anderson
Replacements: B Bowden, L McBratney, A McGrath, M Mairs, R Lyttle, J Coyle, C McCann, P Creighton
MCB: A Liddell, R Benade, P Colhoun, C McKee, C Kelly, J Bingham M Rainey; R Kane (capt) S Weir M Lagan, A Thompson, M Campbell, P Boomer, M McIvor, J Gallagher
Replacements: E Bell, J McCreanor, R McAllister, C Boomer, A Dixon-McKnight J McCollum J D’Arcy R Hampton