Friday 2 December 2016

Second-half show seals deal for Lawler's troops

Connacht U-20 28-8 Ulster U-20

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Connacht U-20s head coach Mossy Lawler received a positive response from his side after their defeat to Leinster last week
Connacht U-20s head coach Mossy Lawler received a positive response from his side after their defeat to Leinster last week

Connacht U-20s head coach Mossy Lawler was hoping for a positive reaction to last week's loss to Leinster and he got just that with an excellent win against Ulster in poor conditions at The Sportsground.

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Home out-half Simon Keller hit two first-half penalties before Ulster No 10 Andrew Magrath responded to leave it 6-3 at half-time in a tight contest.

Connacht came out with renewed enthusiasm in the second half and after a superb midfield break by blindside Matt Burke, he offloaded to wing Michael Boland who scored in the corner.

Keller converted to leave the score at 13-3.

Ulster were not giving in without a fight, however, and their pick-and-go game was gaining momentum. They were rewarded after 55 minutes when they got over for a try in the right corner, but Magrath missed the conversion.

Keller converted a penalty going into the final quarter and Lawler's side made their way back into the Ulster 22 to get over for their second try, scored by lock Peter Claffey. Keller converted to make it 20-8.

Connacht sealed the victory after capitalising on pressure in the heart of the Ulster 22, with scrum-half Steven Kerins feeding full-back Tim Carroll, who touched down in the right corner. Keller missed the conversion.

In the end Connacht came away with a relatively comfortable 20-point win and they finish their Inter-pro series next Friday against Munster in the Sportsground at 5.0.

Irish Independent

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