Stuart Olding (centre) has continued to improve since his School Cup Final appearance in 2010.

Ulster U20’s opened the Interprovincial series with a solid 24 – 16 win against Leinster at Ravenhill last night taking that first small step along the road of World Domination.

Olding, who had a fine night with the boot opened the scoring on five minutes with a penalty to give Ulster a 3 – 0 lead. Leinster hit back minutes later with Daly Equalising for the visitors and Leinster edged into the lead on fifteen minutes with Daly slotting over his second.

Daly and Olding exchanged penalties over the next ten minutes to push the score to 6 – 9 but Ulster reclaimed the lead on the 28th minute with Rory Scholes crossing for the home side. Olding added the extras and slotted over another penalty before the break to give a fired up Ulster a 16 – 9 lead at the break.

Leinster enjoyed their best period at the start of the second half but Ulster soaked it up and Olding slotted over his fourth penalty of the night to take the score to 19 – 9 and Ulster looked well in control.

Ulster’s Ben Alexander capped a fine performance with a decisive try on the 70th minute and Ulster held on comfortably for their win despite a late Shanahan try for the visitors.

Final Score: Ulster 24 Leinster 16.

Ulster U20 squad. 

Forwards: Norman Sinclair, Jake Caulfield, Jonny Craig, John Andrew, Chris Taylor, Sam McNabney, John Donnan, Grant Bartley, Matthew Rea, Stuart Hooks, Matthew Clarke, Conor Joyce, Ben Alexander. Backs: John Creighton, Matthew Keane, Niall Martin, Stuart Olding, Mark Best, Ryan Martin, David Busby, Ross Adair, Jordan Heatley, Rory Scholes, Chris Farrell.


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