Ulster claim treble inter-pro success
It was a profitable weekend for Ulster's age related teams when all three won their Inter-Provincial games against Connacht.
The under-19s started the defence of their title with a bonus-point win 24-17 at Deramore Park, the Schools had an overwhelming win 53-0 and the under-20's recorded a 27-7 success the at Kingspan Stadium.
"We were 14 points ahead early on and it looked as though it was going to be easy, but then we lost some of our momentum when Matt Fisher was injured," said under-19 manager Clive Bowles.
"Two excellent tries from Fisher and Oisin Cahill were converted by Gareth Miller, but then we appeared to lose our way for a time.
"They came back with a penalty before the interval and then a converted try, but we eventually took control again with scores by Andrew Cardosi and Andrew McBurney. Towards the close they added another converted try.
"It is an encouraging start, but there are a couple of things to sort out before we face Leinster on Saturday."
Ulster Schools' ran in eight tries at Ballinasloe.
"It's encouraging to begin with a win and a bonus point and we started well," said manager Richard Clingan.
"Zach Jordan, who suffered a leg injury, drove over for the first try and there were three more before half-time.
"Conor Field showed his speed, a penetrating run by Jonny McKeown allowed Fergus Jemphrey to dive over and good ball handling led to a Robert Lyttle try, the latter converting two and adding a penalty."