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Doak's boot kicks schoolboys into Inter-pro decider against Leinster

By Ronnie Ingram

Twenty-eight points in three games from the boot of Wallace High's Nathan Doak have helped Ulster Schools qualify for the Inter-provincial decider against Leinster at Donnybrook next Saturday.

He was again on target with three penalties and the conversion to the game's only try as Ulster defeated Munster 16-12 at Osborne Park.

This was a satisfying result and revenge for the 10-9 defeat suffered in Munster.

On Saturday, Doak put Ulster ahead after four minutes with a penalty which was cancelled out by CBC's Cian Whooley. Two more from Doak made it 9-3 at the interval, but after 13 minutes of the second period Whooley had levelled the score.

Ulster continued to grind away with their pack more than holding their own. A constructive passage of play led to a line-out from which Methody's Kevin McNaboe gathered and was driven over for Doak to do the needful. Whooley later kicked a fourth penalty.

If Ulster U-19 had managed to cut back on their indiscretions throughout they would have performed much better in their Inter-provincial championship.

As it was they lost again, this time against Munster 22-21 at Osborne Park where they were reduced to 14 players for a quarter of the game. In tightly fought encounters this is too much of a handicap against sides they have the ability to defeat.

It was a disappointing tournament overall as Ulster only scored 57 points and conceded 108. In the final game undefeated Leinster have home advantage against a Connacht side that has already lost 43-8 to Munster.

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