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Rugby: Ulster kids turn on the style at Ravenhill in thrilling win

Doak's lads deliver the goods to hammer Connacht

By Robert Jones

Ulster Under 19s have continued their excellent inter-provincial form with a fine win over their Connacht counterparts at Ravenhill.

Played in near perfect conditions the men from the West started the better of the two teams with their pack dominating the early exchanges.

After seven minutes Connacht were awarded a penalty for an Ulster indiscretion at a ruck just outside the Ulster 22.

Connacht elected to kick at the posts but their out half was just off target with his effort.

This seemed to settle the Ulster team and they started to play with a bit more control.

In the 15th minute, following some sustained pressure by the Ulster team, Peter Elliott floated a lovely pass to his centre partner David Funston to score the first try of the day.

Out half Robin Thompson was unsuccessful with the conversion, with the attempt rebounding back off the upright, however he did make amends five minutes later when he converted a penalty to give Ulster an 8-0 lead.

Connacht pressed for the remainder of the half, but were unable to convert any of their possession into points.

Ulster started the second half in determined mood and in the 41st minute, from a scrum on the Connacht 10 metre line, worked a back row move which allowed scrum half Sam Bell to break clear and feed winger Kyle Kirkpatrick to score in the corner.

A fine conversion by Thompson saw the score move onto 15-0 in favour of Ulster.

Eight minutes later another back row move from five metres out saw Peter Elliott crash over for a try to the side of the posts.

Thompson added the extra points.

On the 58th minute, following good interplay by the backs and forwards, full back David McllWhaine scored a fine try in the left hand corner which was converted by replacement out half Peter Henderson to extend Ulster's lead to 29-0.

Henderson was again involved in the next score when he turned over Connacht possession on the half way line and fed full back McllWhaine who was able to run in unimpeded for his second try of the day. Henderson again converted.

With two minutes remaining Ulster scored their sixth and final try through another well worked back row move.

Replacement scrum half Paul Meville fed Ulster Captain David Funston from five metres out and the powerful centre crashed over for his second try of the day.

Henderson added the conversion to leave the final score at 43-0 in favour of the Ulster Team.

While the team can be pleased with their performance Ulster coach Neil Doak knows that there are still a few areas which need to be worked on ahead of their final inter-provincial game.

This result added to the team's excellent win last week over Leinster in Dublin now sets up a mouth-watering finale when Ulster take on Munster at Civil Service.

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