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Underage sides deliver some mixed messages

By Ronnie Ingram

It was a mixed weekend for Ulster age related teams against Leinster opposition as the current U19 title holders lost 40-13, the U20s kept up their challenge with a 15-10 success while the Schools side are still in the title chase following a commendable draw, 17-17.

Meanwhile, the U18 team had en even more difficult time and they were well beaten 61-3.

"We missed far too many tackles early and then we were in a catch up situation in that by forcing the pace and taking chances we made mistakes" commented U19 Manager Clive Bowles.

"Despite this setback I'm still confident we can still overcome Munster on Saturday," he added.

The under 20 side, having already defeated Connacht 27-7, now travel to Munster in an attempt to lift the title.

It was tough going at the Kingspan Stadium, 15-10, but Ulster's final try warranted the victory. A second half penalty by Robert Lyttle gave Ulster Schools a share of the points at St Mary's.

In the other game Ulster Youth lost to Leinster 61-3.

"We started well but it was not a good performance," commented Manager Liam Eastwood.

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