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Brave Schools are taught a valuable lesson by Munster

By Ronnie Ingramm

Published 27/08/2016

Nice try: Ulster’s Matthew Crowther scored game’s first try
Nice try: Ulster’s Matthew Crowther scored game’s first try

Ulster Schools put up a brave fight but made too many handling errors in the second half allowing Munster to emerge as 18-15 victors at Pirrie Park.

A confident start by Ulster resulted in Matthew Crowther being driven over in the second minute but the visitors soon struck back when flanker Daniel Feasey crossed on the right for Ben Healy to convert.

He then added a penalty before Bruce Houston cancelled it out before half-time, Ulster pleased to turn around just 10-8 in arrears after playing into the wind.

After the restart Healy kicked a second penalty but Ulster regained the lead when Angus Kernohan crossed for Houston to convert from the touch line.

A drive led to visiting substitute Finn Burke crashing over.

Ulster travel to Leinster next Saturday (1.00pm)

Meanwhile, in view of the double header at Kingspan yesterday, most clubs are far from full strength for today's four SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership games.

One of the hardest hit is Ballynahinch who will be without their 22 Ulster allocated players.

Last term, not only were the Ballymacarn Park club relegated from AIL 1A but they failed to retain the Ulster Senior League title.

The teams in 1B, unlike 1A, are spread further and wider across Ireland so that will entail much more travel, fatigue and expense. But their first objective is to regain the Stevenson Shield and the first game is at Dungannon.

In the other Division 1 fixture champions Ballymena face a difficult opener at City of Derry while in Division 2 Malone entertain Belfast Harlequins and Queen's face Rainey at Upper Malone.

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