Ulster Schools 35 Lancashire Schools 5: The fine weather and a firm pitch allowed Ulster to show their capabilities when they retained the Atkins Trophy following a great victory over Lancashire Schools at Campbell College.
Ulster dominated the possession and by half- time had taken a convincing 30-5 advantage.
Banbridge Academy's Aaron Kennedy kicked an early penalty before a superb break by Andrew Shaw resulted in Rory Campbell racing in on the left.
Kennedy added a second penalty to make it 11-0 but Ulster kept up the pressure against the shocked opposition.
Possession from a scrum on the left led to a break in the middle and Inst's Rory Bell crossed for a converted try.
Winger Campbell again showed his speed and determination to go in for the next try and, when a player was ‘taken out' a penalty try was awarded which which Kennedy duly goaled.
Just before the interval Lancashire managed to reduce the arrears with a try and after the restart they began to play better rugby and looked dangerous on a few occasions.
Ulster used all their replacements and their play became a little disjointed at times. Nevertheless they kept control for most of the half and were rewarded when Campbell College full- back Jack Owens added a fifth try.
A resounding and fully deserved success therefore for Ulster, which should give them a boost before they face a more difficult task against Languedoc at Queen's on Friday afternoon.