Saturday 20 January 2018

U-19s aim to build on super Ulster win

Hugh Lane started at full-back for Connacht against Ulster last weekend. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Hugh Lane started at full-back for Connacht against Ulster last weekend. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

The Connacht U-19s host Munster in their second Interprovincial clash at the Sportsground on Sunday looking to make it two wins from two (2.30pm).

Two late tries helped the Connacht youngsters secure a thrilling 27-21 victory over Ulster to make the perfect start to their Interprovincial campaign last weekend.

Trailing 21-13 at the interval, Connacht dominated the second half but were held off by a strong Ulster defence until centre Adi Donovan crashed over with 10 minutes remaining.

Diarmuid Codyre's conversion reduced the deficit to a single point, 21-20, but Connacht could sense their opportunity and snatched the victory late on as a rolling maul rumbled over the line with prop Ryan Lomas grounding the ball.

Codyre again added the extras and the Connacht had to withstand a late Ulster surge to cling onto a precious opening-day win.

The northern province started much the better of the sides and it was no surprise when they hit the front on nine minutes through a Jonny Hunter try with out-half Bruce Houston converting.

Connacht hit back through a brilliant Jack O'Mahony try with centre Luke Fitzgerald playing a pivotal role.

Codyre slotted the touchline conversion with aplomb and the sides were level at 7-7 after a quarter hour. Connacht then began to gain the upper hand and took the lead for the first time before the half hour through a Codyre penalty but were hit by a sucker punch as Ulster broke to score their second try.

Ulster led 21-13 at half-time but Connacht dominated the second half and got their reward with two tries in the final 10 minutes.

Irish Independent

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