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Schools side stay unbeaten after edging Exiles

By Ronnie Ingram

The lead changed five times but a dominant final quarter produced 15 points to give Ulster Schools a comfortable 41-26 victory in the Schools' Inter-Provincial series against Irish-Qualified Rugby at University of Limerick.

Ulster, the defending champions, were seven points down after three minutes when Sean Bunty ran in from seven metres for Dan Aldwinkle to convert.

Ulster out-half Nathan Doak converted tries by full-back Conor Rankin and scrum-half Conor McKee, and kicked a penalty, but the Exiles fought back to take a 21-17 interval advantage.

The Exiles were then awarded a penalty try before Michael Cooke converted following a Michael Dykes try.

Two minutes into the second period Doak converted a try from winger Jude Postlethwaite, but once again their opponents regained the advantage with a Jacob Whelan try.

Ulster then dictated the terms and Doak brought his afternoon's tally to 16 points with a second penalty and conversions to tries by flanker Jonathan Agnew and winger Robin McIlween.

Leinster overcame Munster 53-12, so the scene is set for the decider in Limerick on Sunday after the Ulster players have returned home where some will have received their exam results.

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