Sunday 11 December 2016

Buckley seals the deal as Leinster girls take U-18 title

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Leinster's U-18 girls capped off their superb interprovincial development season with a fine 21-14 win against a determined Ulster side in Portadown last weekend.
Leinster's U-18 girls capped off their superb interprovincial development season with a fine 21-14 win against a determined Ulster side in Portadown last weekend.

Leinster's U-18 girls capped off their superb interprovincial development season with a fine 21-14 win against a determined Ulster side in Portadown last weekend.

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But that wasn't the only reason for the girls to celebrate because they had the honour of being the first Leinster team to travel on the new Leinster Rugby Aircoach!

Travelling north in style gave the girls the best preparation as they aimed to seal overall victory in the interpros.

Having seen off spirited sides from Connacht (21-0) and Munster (27-18) in exciting and determined style in Westmanstown recently, a win against Ulster would assure them of a clean sweep.

The girls showed great commitment from the start, leading after five minutes with a trademark try from Ireland U-18 Sevens international Eimear Corri, which was converted by her Portlaoise clubmate Liz Brophy.

The Leinster girls kept up the pressure and added another fine try from Naas' Mary Healy who crashed over despite Ulster's best efforts to stop her.

Brophy added the conversion to bring the score to 14-0 at half-time.

Ulster upped the pace in the second half but excellent support play from the Leinster girls and great defensive work kept them at bay.

Leinster's persistence paid off when scrum-half Hannah Rose Buckley from Wicklow crossed the line. Again, Brophy kicked the conversion with ease.

But Ulster staged a comeback and put immense pressure on the Leinster lines.

They were rewarded with a try from Sara Whitley, which was converted by Dolores Hughes, and a second try from Claire Boles, also converted by Hughes.

Delight

Leinster maintained their composure in defence and took victory at the full time whistle, much to the girls' delight.

Congratulation to the girls, who scored a whopping 69 points in their three games, and to the coaching staff led by head coach Aoife Thompson and assistant coaches, Ireland and Leinster star player Sophie Spence and Leinster Rugby CCRO Damien McCabe, and not forgetting team manager David McKeown.

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