New look Ulster taste defeat to strong Leinster
Ulster women began their interpro series with a 34-10 defeat to a strong Leinster side at Dromore's Barban Hill yesterday.
The hosts will be a much changed unit this season, with yesterday's game representing a first fixture for the new back-room team of Davy Chambers, former Ballynahinch coach Derek Suffern and James McBriar.
There was a return too in the out-half jersey for Ireland international Larissa Muldoon, but it was otherwise a relatively inexperienced unit up against a formidable Leinster squad that contained former World Player of the Year Sophie Spence. For all the international experience, it was a debutant who made the biggest waves for Leinster.
Railway Union winger Aimee Clarke grabbed three of her side's six tries, opening the scoring in the first-half.
Leinster would cross the whitewash once more before the turn, Clarke's Railway Union team-mate and Irish international prop Lindsay Peat with the score.
Tries were frequent in the second-half, Michelle Claffey and Susan Vaughan scoring before Clarke claimed another two for her hat-trick.
Eliza Downey and Teah Maguire provided consolation efforts for Ulster.
In the other fixture, Connacht overcame Munster 19-15 meaning that week two of the championship on Saturday will see Ulster travelling to Limerick with both sides looking to avoid going 0/2 to start the campaign.