Interpro Series ends in defeat for Leinster Juniors
May 15, 2017 11:10 am Site Editor
In the final game of the Junior Interprovincial Series Leinster faced a hungry Ulster side who needed just one point from the encounter to claim the title.
Ulster dominated the early stages of the game in Longford RFC and quickly found themselves deep in Leinster’s half, but the blue men’s defensive line worked hard to overturn the ball and gain possession.
Leinster got the game’s first try from a lineout in Ulster territory.
The well-worked short lineout resulted in Ronan Costello going over the line and gave Leinster a 5-0 after 22 minutes.
Ulster were quick to respond.
Neil Brown scored in the corner for Ulster to leave the sides level at 5-5.
For the next 10 minutes possession moved back and forth between the two sides.
In the 35th minute Leinster’s Will O’Brien was replaced by Bill Duggan due to injury.
Ulster took advantage of this setback and ran in under the posts once again, the try scored by Bokkie Carstens and the conversion by Allen McCluggage to make it 5-12 at half-time.
Ulster made a brilloiant start to the second half with a try from Philip Cartmill.
Allen McCluggage kicked th conversion and suddenly Ulster were ahead 19-5.
Leinster immediately fought back and displayed some brilliant skill.
After a great breakthrough by Ivan Jacobs, Caddy scored Leinster’s second try to reduce the margin to nine.
A few minutes later McCluggage kicked a penalty to push the Ulstermen’s lead back out to 12.
It was Leinster who struck next.
Padraic Mahon bagged another try for the blues, but unfortunately Kit, again, went unconverted.
Leinster had brought themselves back to within one score with 15 minutes to play, but it was Ulster who would finish the stronger of the two, scoring two tries in the closing stages through Brown and Mikey Poskitt.
Junior Interprovincial Table