The Ulster U18 Club side went down 36 – 14 to their Connacht counterparts in the opening round of the IRFU U18 Interprovincial Competition at the University of Limerick on Saturday afternoon.

Playing against a strengthening wind Connacht were first to attack and  kept Ulster pinned down in their 22.

Following a break and some slick passing, Connacht conceded a penalty on their 5 metre line. It was taken quickly and Ulster’s Thomas McDavitt scored in the corner, with the same player adding the extras with a fine conversion from the touchline.

Connacht bounced back quickly with a try and conversion to equalise.

With the wind at their backs, Ulster played most of the game in the Connacht half. Following a series of ‘pick and goes’ and quick rucks, the ball was fed out the backs for Elliot Morrison to score. Thomas McDavitt converted to leave Ulster leading 14 -7 at the break.

Early in the second half Ulster conceded a yellow card. Connacht took advantage and scored two quick tries, one of which was converted.

Thereafter it became one way traffic with Ulster conceding 2 further converted tries and a penalty goal.

Connacht were well deserved victors 36 – 14.

Ulster U18 Club: Thomas Leitch, Stuart Brown, Cameron McCaughey, Tyler McNeill, Zac Moraghan, Thomas McDevitt, Adam Scott, Owen Warren, Robbie Grant, Joe Charles, James McNabney, John Glasgow, Sam Glasgow, Jack Milton (Capt), James Crummie. Replacements: Joel Smyth, Jamie Allen, Philip Nicholl, Lewis Beattie, Jack Alexander, Sebastian Hastings, Adam Sheriff, Ben Goodfellow, Elliot Donaldson, Josh Kyle.

Pictures below – Bob Given Photography