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Undefeated Ulster Juniors regain the inter-pro crown in real style

 

By Ronnie Ingram

Ulster Juniors won their third inter-provincial in convincing style and fully deserved to regain the title after a season's gap.

Having already achieved victories over Munster (20-3) and Connacht (34-5), Leinster were expected to give Ulster a closer contest, especially at Longford, but they suffered a 34-15 loss.

Ulster finished the competition on 14 points with Munster, who defeated Connacht 35-3, on nine, Leinster four and Connacht one.

All the weeks of training under new coach Richard Boyd paid dividends, although it was Leinster who took an early lead.

Ulster manager Colin Hunter said: "We had a shaky start but then settled after gaining the upper hand in the set pieces and line-outs.

"Towards the close they threw everything into attack and we were then able to take advantage of their mistakes." Ronan Costello put Leinster in front before Omagh winger Neil Brown set up a move and finished it off to level the scores.

Soon after, Leinster lost possession and Coleraine's Bokkie Carstens picked up to run in for Grosvenor's Allen McCluggage to convert and Ulster were 12-5 ahead at the interval.

A brilliant break by Cooke's Phil Cartmill led to the winger dashing in for McCluggage to add the points but a couple of penalties allowed Leinster to make ground and an overlap resulted in Liam Caddy scoring.

McCluggage kicked a penalty but the home team retorted with their third try, this time from winger Johnny Williams.

The ever-present Cartmill was involved in Ulster's bonus point-winning try when Brown went in for his second.

Coleraine's Mickey Poskitt then ran in from his own territory and goaled to give Ulster a resounding success.

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