Friendly: Ulster U18 Clubs 40 Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17 7

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Ulster U18 Clubs defeat the touring EIRA U17 40-7 in a Pre Season Friendly

On Friday afternoon, the first match of the season took place at Newforge Country Club, between Ulster U18 Clubs and EIRA U17 (Eagle Impact Rugby Academy) from the USA. The game was played over 3 x 25 minute periods to allow coaches to use their entire enlarged squads and give all members game time.

EIRA pressed from kick off and Ulster were forced to defend waves of attacks. Eventually Ulster broke out and after a series of links between forwards and backs, Jacob Lennox scored an unconverted try, in the left corner for a 5 – 0 lead on 14 minutes.

All smiles, as Cameron Cummings runs in Ulster’s 2nd try

Ulster now enjoyed possession and 5 minutes later Cameron Cummings went over midway out, for Frank Davis to convert for a 12 – 0 lead.

In the second period Ulster consolidated their lead. A sweeping move saw Ben Neely cross, after 42 minutes, converted by Davis, and from a short penalty move on 50 minutes, Alexandre Ferreira drove over, under the posts. Davis added the extras to give Ulster a 26 – 0 lead after 2 periods.

Lucas Meranda scores for EIRA

In the 3rd period, EIRA enjoyed more possession, and it was no surprise, after fast recycled ball, when Lucas Meranda was put over.  Euan Latimer converted to reduce the deficit to 26 – 7.

Ulster again pressed. From a series of close in forward drives, Ethan Canavan squeezed over after 66 minutes. JF Burns converted from wideout to move Ulster up to 33 – 7.

Callum Bradley dives over to score Ulster’s final try

Forward pressure, again told, and Callum Bradley dove over, close to the posts, on 75 minutes. Burns converted, with the last kick of the game to give Ulster a 40 – 7 victory.

In this first start of the season, handing let both sides down, knock ons and the concession of soft penalties, marred an otherwise entertaining game.

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2022 Ulster U18 Clubs Squad

Callum Bradley (Dromore High School/Ballynahinch RFC), Conor Magee (Banbridge Academy/Banbridge RFC), George McAuley (Ballymoney RFC), Harry Thallon (Sullivan Upper School/Bangor RFC), Reuben Gibson (Royal School Dungannon/Dungannon RFC), Peter Bird (Lurgan College/Banbridge RFC), Billy Allen (Rainey Endowed/Rainey Old Boys RFC), Ryan Connolly (Down High School/Ballynahinch RFC), Oliver Smyth (C) (Belfast Royal Academy/Academy RFC), Frank Davis (Belfast Royal Academy/Academy RFC), Jacob Lennox (Coleraine Grammar School/Ballymoney RFC), Nathan Overend (Rainey Endowed/Rainey Old Boys RFC), Cameron Cummings (Royal School Dungannon/City of Armagh RFC), Ben Neilly (Coleraine RFC), JF Burns (Coleraine RFC), James McCammon (Royal School Dungannon/Dungannon RFC), Alexandre Ferreira (Dromore High School/Dromore RFC), Murray Napier (Banbridge RFC), Maiteu McArdle (Monaghan RFC), Oliver Hughes (Dalriada School/Ballymoney RFC), Shane Liggett (Clogher Valley RFC), Ryan Hanna (Banbridge Academy/Dromore RFC), Craig Houston (Ballymena RFC), Sam McIlroy (Dromore High School/Banbridge RFC), Ethan Canavan (Rainey Old Boys RFC).

Coaching Team

  • Head Coach  – Daryl Maxwell
  • Assistant Coaches – Robert Logan, Murray Houston, Nick Stirling
  • Team Manager – Eamon McCormick
  • Resource Manager – Robert Matson
  • Athletic Development Coach – Peter Hughes
  • Physio – Johnny Crowe

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