Friday 24 March 2017

Fitzgerald keeps U-20s on course for silverware

Munster/U-20 development squad captain Colm Hogan scored two tries against Ulster last wee Underage Interpros Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Munster/U-20 development squad captain Colm Hogan scored two tries against Ulster last wee Underage Interpros Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Having won seven of their first eight Interpro games, Munster's four underage sides are all in with a chance of claiming silverware as they head into the final round of matches. All four teams finish their campaigns away from home however, with three of the clashes in Leinster.

The Munster/U-20 Development side recorded a thrilling win over Ulster last Friday night in Thomond Park. Colm McMahon's side showed incredible character after being held scoreless in the first half as Ulster built up an 18-0 lead.

Captain Colm Hogan touched down twice in the second half though with flanker Gavin Coombes also crossing.

Out-half Conor Fitzgerald kicked all three conversions to clinch an incredible victory. The U-20s travel to Leinster tonight for their final game.

There were mixed results in the double-header against Ulster in CIT last Saturday as the U-18 Schools team beat their opponents 19-13 while the U-19s went down to a 15-13 defeat. The Schools side made it three wins from three thanks to first half tries from centre Sean French (two) and Bandon Grammar prop Travis Coomey along with two Ben Healy conversions. They travel to Leinster next week hoping to complete a clean sweep.

A late Jack O'Sullivan try, converted by David McCarthy, wasn't enough to stop Munster U-19s from slipping to their first loss (15-13) against Ulster.

James Taylor had kicked Munster into a 6-5 half-time lead but the visitors proved too strong in the second half as the U-19s, who beat Connacht 35-0 in their first outing, round off their campaign away to Leinster tomorrow. The U-18 Clubs side are on course for the title after their 15-3 Thomond Park win over Leinster last Sunday.

Evan O'Gorman and Ikem Ugwuru were the try scorers, Harry Byrne kicked a conversion and Conor Hayes kicked a late penalty as the Munster U-18 Clubs beat the visitors for the first time in eight years.

Having won 19-14 in Ulster in their first clash of the campaign, Munster travel to the Sportsground to face Connacht in tomorrow's title decider at 2.30pm.

Irish Independent

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