On Friday afternoon, as part of a double header, at Newforge Country Club, Ulster U18 Schools played the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy in a pre season friendly. The game was played over 3 x 20 minute periods to allow all players game time.
EIRA were first to register, when Nathan Comminsky scythed through a static Ulster defence to score on the right. Euan Latimer converted to give EIRA a 7-0 lead after 4 minutes.
Ulster responded 4 minutes later. Blake McClean worked his way over wide on the right. Jordan McCauley landed the difficult conversion to tie the scores at the end of the 1st period.
In the 2nd period, after 14 minutes Will Alexander scored an unconverted try from a maul to give Ulster a 12-7 lead, which they held to the break.
EIRA regained the lead in the 3rd period. After good work by both centres Cade Cunningham dotted down for Latimer to convert for an EIRA 14-12 lead.
Minutes later Josh Harvey was first to react, when the ball broke loose in the EIRA’s ‘in goal’, and claimed a try. Josh Watterson nailed the conversion from wide out for Ulster to lead 19-14.
Though there were several promising EIRA attacks, Ulster held on for the victory.
Danske Bank Ulster U18 Boys School Squad
Archie Johnson, Ben Armstrong, Callum Mustoe, Chris Massey, Conan Scullion, David Gillespie, Finn Fehnert, Jack Parkinson, James Hillman, Jordan McAuley, Josh Bunting, Josh Harvey, Josh Watterson, Joshua Hanna, Lewis Doherty, Noah McCluskey, Oliver Scott, Reece Williamson, Rian Davis, Rory Fulton, Ryan Kidd, Sean McKay, Tom Coulter, Tom McAllister, Will Alexander, Blake McClean, Callum Irvine, Josh Gibson, Michael McLean, Quinn Armstrong, Thomas Dougan, Oliver Berry, Charlie Gray, Callum Soper.