Campbell College (3) 18 Tries: Farrell, Haldane Con: Scholes Pens: Scholes (2) RBAI (6) 11 Tries: Anderson Pen: McGuigan Drop: McGuigan
Campbell College beat RBAI 18-11 in the Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill
Tries by Chris Farrell and Rob Haldane helped give Campbell College victory in the Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill.
Both touchdowns came in the second half after RBAI had taken an early 6-0 lead.
Big centre Farrell found a gap to get through in the 40th minute but RBAI hit back to trail just 13-11 when number eight Patrick Anderson squeezed over.
Inst applied some sustained pressure but east Belfast school Campbell made sure of their fist triumph since 2002 with Haldane's late try.
It was Campbell's 29th outright win in the famous old competition and justified their favouritism in the traditional St Patrick's Day clash.
Campbell captain John Creighton lifts the trophy after the win over RBAI
They played against the breeze in the first half and fell behind in the third minute when the sweet left boot of Inst full-back Matthew McGuigan sent over a fine penalty from distance.
Campbell's cause was not helped when their second row forward Geoffrey Crooks was sin-binned for illegal use of the knee in a ruck.
Inst added just three points with their one-man advantage, McGuigan landing a drop goal.
McGuigan fell short with a couple of penalty attempts and Campbell halved the deficit before half-time through a Rory Scholes penalty after an offside.
Campbell stormed into the lead when recycled ball was moved left for 6ft 4 centre Farrell to burst through for a try which Rory Scholes converted for 10-6.
Scholes then missed a penalty but was successful soon afterwards after Inst had been guilty of killing the ball.
Inst were back in business when fifth former Patrick Anderson, the second youngest player in the team, just made the line.
McGuigan missed a chance to level matters with the conversion but now Inst were doing the pressing.
However, they could not create a winning chance and instead it was Campbell who got a second try.
Skipper John Creighton passed to Scholes who fed Haldane who charged to the line.