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Juniors' title defence ends with whimper against Blues

By Ronnie Ingram

Ulster's Junior inter-provincial title defence ended in lacklustre fashion as they fell to a 33-15 defeat to Leinster at Coleraine, with Munster becoming champions after an undefeated campaign.

The competition had started well for Ulster with a 33-20 win over Connacht but the long trip to Munster, combined with a late yellow card penalty, saw them beaten 11-10 in Clonakilty.

They were still in contention going into Saturday's game but a Marcus Allister try in the third minute gave Leinster the lead. Ulster forged ahead when Chris Cousins goaled a Curtis Stewart try and kicked a penalty.

Once again, a yellow card and subsequent penalty had a bearing on the outcome, with Colm Glynn giving the visitors an 11-10 half-time advantage.

It was virtually all Leinster after the restart. Glynn added a second penalty and the conversion to a penalty try. Allister was soon in for his second try and the Blues were 26-10 ahead.

Ulster pressure was rewarded with a Chris Nash try but the last play resulted in a fourth try for the visitors, which was converted for a bonus point. Munster clinched the title in style with a 50-7 triumph over Connacht, giving them a total of 14 points.

Leinster finished in second on eight, Ulster third on seven and Connacht on four.

Ballymoney IV, meanwhile, claimed the treble with a 41-14 victory at Clogher III to win the Ravenhill Cup. They had already won Minor East 1 and the McCambley Cup.

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