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Our boys see off Leinster to grab title

Leinster Schools 17 Ulster Schools 18

By Ronnie Ingram

The Schools' Inter-Provincial decider turned out to be as tough and close as anticipated when Ulster won the title with a narrowest of margins win over Leinster at Donnybrook.

Their delighted manager Richard Clingan thought it was a just reward for all the hard work put in over the past number of months.

"I believe this is the first time we have won the championship for at least 12 years and it was hard fought with two one point wins over our main challengers Leinster," he added.

Nathan Doak kicked Ulster into the lead after five minutes and after multiple phases flanker Ryan O'Neill crashed over for a try which Doak goaled to make it 8-0.

In their first trip into the Ulster '22' after 23 minutes Mick O'Gara reduced the arrears with a penalty.

After half an hour, Ulster playing into the wind and mainly keeping the game tight, were rewarded following a couple of penetrating runs by left winger Aaron Sexton.

The forwards took over and second row James Nelson crossed for another converted try.

Leinster retorted within a few minutes when O'Gara added the points to a Ross McInnis try to make the interval score 15-10.

Ulster expected an onslaught after the restart but it was a stolen line-out after six minutes that allowed Doak to kick them into an eight point advantage.

The visiting defence was resolute as Leinster threw everything at them and there was only the one lapse after 29 minutes when Sam Dardis crossed for a home try for O'Gara to convert.

Ulster finished with 13 points, Leinster 11 and Munster 5. Connacht didn't participate.

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