Connacht u19’s beaten by Ulster

The u19’s sponsored by NUI Galway started slowly against their Ulster counterparts, conceding two early tries. From this point on Connacht competed at ahigher level, slowing their ball at the breakdown and getting defensive patterns in place. The pressure Connacht were exerting resulted in a penalty which Luke Carty converted. Connacht continued to pressure the Ulster defence and were unlucky not to score blocking down 2 consecutive Ulster kicks only for the Ulster winger to win the race to the try line touching down for an Ulster 22. Connacht continued to pressure the Ulster defence with the forwards gaining good ground up the middle of the pitch, only to get caught cold when the ball popped out of a ruck, Ulster recovered the ball and moved it quickly to the wing outflanking our cover to score in the corner. 19-3. Connacht resumed their attacking from the restart, under severe pressure Ulster conceded a penalty which Carty scored from. 19-6. From the Ulster kick-off Connacht mounted a series of attacks gaining good field position up to the Ulster 22, Ulster conceded a penalty, Luke Carty tapped quickly and drew a penalty from the Ulster tight-head prop resulting in a yellow card, Connacht kicked for the corner, won the lineout mauled towards the line, then got penalised for someone joining the maul from side. Ulster kicked out their 22, won the resulting lineout flashed the ball out their backline, their 15 broke the gain-line and our scramble defence could not cope with his pace scoring under the posts 26-6. Connacht’s endeavour against 14 men Ulster was not rewarded before the halftime whistle blew. H/T 26-6Connacht u19 Team Photo v Leinster400px

On starting the second half Connacht knew it was important to get the first score, but within 3 minutes of the resumption we conceded a converted try due to another missed tackle, 31-6. Despite the mistake Connacht kept their head up and were rewarded after 42mins with a Luke Carty try in the corner. 31-11. Ulster came back fighting and scored 2 quick tries, one of which they converted. 45-11. Over the next 23 mins both benches were emptied, Connacht were by far the stronger of the 2 teams but just couldn’t convert their chances, leaving at least 3 good scoring chances behind them, before eventually, Colm de Buitléar scored under the posts, Luke Carty convert in the final action of the game. 45-18.

This was a massive improvement on last week’s performance against Leinster, one Connacht u19’s can take heart in, and know that if they can cut out the mistakes and be more clinical in attack they can get a result next week against Munster.


U18 and U19 matchday squads named for Interpro openers vs Ulster